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Stop and Check Your Brakes

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Stop and Check Your Brakes



Brake Safety Awareness Month in August is the perfect time to have your brakes checked to make sure they are in safe working condition before summer ends and the school year starts, says the non-profit Car Care Council.



Brakes are a normal wear item for any car and eventually they're going to need to be replaced. A vehicle's braking system should be checked at least once a year and a thorough inspection should include brake lining wear, brake fluid level, rotor thickness, condition of hoses and brake lines, brake and dash warning lights, as well as taking the car for a test drive to detect other potential brake system problems.



A properly operating brake system helps ensure safe vehicle operation and control under a variety of driving conditions. Motorists can put a stop to any potential brake system problems by recognizing the signs and symptoms that their brake system may need maintenance or repair.



If your car is pulling to the left or right, or if you hear odd noises when you apply the brakes, they should be inspected. Other warning signs include an illuminated brake warning light, brake grabbing, low pedal feel, vibration, hard pedal feel and squealing.



Several factors affect brake wear including driving habits, operating conditions, vehicle type and the quality of the brake lining material. Never put off routine brake inspections or any needed repair, such as letting the brakes get to the "metal-to-metal" point, which can be potentially dangerous and lead to a more costly repair bill.



To help you learn more about auto care and brake repair, visit Car Care Council to view the popular 80-page Car Care Guide.



Source: Car Care Council




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  • , 07/06/2020

    My classic car broke down in Bloomington. I live in Champaign (48 miles away). This car (a 1972 Cutlass Supreme convertible) almost never is more than 10 miles from home and has spent all but 2 nights in the past 25 years in my garage. To say I was anxious leaving it at an unknown, out of town repair facility would be an understatement. Zaabs and Bryan handled the repair quickly and very affordably. 5 stars! A good outfit that has earned my respect.

  • Went in for my breaks, amazing place! Great service, nice guys got it done fast.

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    Thanks for getting our '92 Pontiac back on the road. Very affordable & quick service.

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    I brought my truck into Zaabs and they were quick and helped me understand exactly what they were doing. I finally found a mechanic here who I can trust.

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    After a different repair shop's service manager boldly lied to me about how an expensive repair was diagnosed, I took my car to Zaabs. The actual diagnosis and proper repair by Brian was 10% of the other shops alleged "repair". I fully recommend Zaabs.

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    Called about getting the motor from my passenger window replaced. Brought it in the same day and the next day my window had been fixed and replaced. Quick and friendly service. Thanks!

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