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Category Archives: Brakes

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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CARS of America's anti-lock brakes trivia of the day

This winter has been full of snow and ice. If you hit a slippery patch on the road and your car has anti-lock brakes, you should: A. Throw on the hazards and turn the steering wheel violently from side to side. B. Pump the brakes hard and fast to the beat of your favorite tune. C. Coast to a stop, avoiding eye contact of other drivers who are trying desperately to get out of your way. D. Keep your foot pressed hard on the brake, despite the weird, pulsating sensation, to allow the ABS brakes to retain some steering and traction control

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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 aut ... read more

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