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Category Archives: Brakes

Why is it important to have my brake fluid Serviced every two years?

Why is it important to have my brake fluid Serviced every two years?

  Many clients ask us, "Why is it important to have my brake fluid Serviced every two years?   The reason is two-fold.    First, Brake fluid is Hygroscopic, a fancy word for "it tends to absorb moisture from the air."  Why is that important?  Your brakes are frequently referred to as "hydraulic Brakes"  In the early 20th century, brakes were mechanical, consisting of cables, levers, and other things. All that stuff was exposed to the weather, tended to get rusty, and stop working. Your bicycle has mechanical brakes, with cables and actuators.   Hydraulic brakes are more efficient, provide the ability to "leverage" the foot pressure to apply more brakes when needed. Think of hydraulic brakes like a tube of toothpaste. You step on the tube and caulking squirts out of the nozzle. Hydraulic brakes work the same way; you step on the pedal, and fluid is forced to all four wheels simultaneous ... read more

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Is a brake fluid flush necessary? Yes, here's why

Q: I recently had my oil changed at a repair shop in Northbrook, and as part of their inspection, they recommended that I flush my brake fluid. I’ve never heard of flushing brake fluid. Was this a legitimate recommendation? A: Yes, flushing brake fluid to remove dirty, contaminated fluid from the system is part of the recommended maintenance we prescribe for today’s vehicles. I can’t speak to whether you’re due for a brake fluid flush right now, but we’ll give you some tips on determining that in just a moment. But first, here are several reasons why we recommend flushing brake fluid: Brake fluid is “hygroscopic,” which means it actively absorbs and retains moisture from the air. Many parts of your braking system are made of metal, and flushing the brake fluid helps to prevent corrosion and subsequent failure of your metal components. As brake fluid gets older and has more moisture in it, the moisture reduces the braking ... read more

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Bad vehicle speed sensor affects your vehicle's anti-lock brakes

Your car’s “Check Engine” or “Service Engine Soon” light can flash on for more than 1,400 different reasons, and in the coming months, we’re going to share with you what some of those reasons are. The light is part of your vehicle’s on-board diagnostics (OBD) system and can indicate anything from a quick fix like a loose gas cap to a major repair like a catalytic converter. Trouble code: P0500 This means the vehicle speed sensor is not reading the vehicle’s speed correctly. Symptoms of a P0500 IAC Malfunction may include: Anti-lock brake system reverts back to normal brakes. This is NOT a safety issue under non-slippery driving conditions. The “anti-lock” or “brake” warning lamps on the dash may be lit (in addition to the check engine light). The speedometer or odometer may not work properly (or at all). Your vehicle’s RPM limiter may be decreased. The shifting of an ... read more

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