PHOENIX - If you car is sounding a little funny, does it mean that it’s time to spend the cash to get it fixed?
Howard Fleischmann Jr. of Community Tire Pros says don't let every sound send you running to the repair shop.
Hey says an occasional squeal is somewhat normal, but when they squeal every single time, that typically means that you're due for brakes.
Another sign is if you feel something different in the brake pedal like it falls to the floor, hard or soft, anything of that nature tells you something in the hydraulic part of the brake system has probably gone bad.
Bottom line, Howard says listen to your car because you know your vehicle better than anyone since you drive it everyday.
So, if you notice something different, then have a professional look at it.
And once you get to the repair shop, don't assume that everyone is legitimate.
There are tools that you can ask to look at. The Brake Lining Thickness Gauge gives an accurate measurement of friction material still on the vehicle and there are test strips that are designed to determine the age of the brake fluid. This gives you and the tech insight into how worn your brakes really are.
If a shop lets you look at these tools, it usually means that you can trust their judgment on a repair.
Howard says brakes and tires are the most overlooked safety issues.
Community Tire Pros is offering a free brake inspection and tire inspection (including rotation if needed) from Aug. 22 through Aug. 31, 2011. There is no purchase necessary and it is valid at all community tire locations.
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