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From the category archives: AA Auto Tech Blog

Brake Pads

Why Brake Jobs are Essential Maintenance Procedures

Find out why it is so important to have your brakes done on a regular basis!

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The Anatomy of Vehicle Brakes

We rely on our cars day in and day out to get us to work or school. Trusting that our vehicles are in good working order not only provides safety for ourselves and loved ones, but gives us a sense of security knowing our vehicle is reliable. A good braking system is pivotal to owning a safe car. Below, we examine the different types of braking systems and the inner components to each.

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What Causes Steering Wheel Shakes?

Steering wheel shakes are both irritating and highly dangerous at both low and high speeds. Causes of steering wheel shakes can differ depending on the components in your car and when the shake occurs. Keep in mind, that what causes a car to shake at 50 mph, may not be what causes it to shake at 20 mph.

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Signs Your Brake Line May Be Going Bad

Your brake line plays an important role in the function of your car. The lines supply your brake system with brake fluid. If you don't have brake fluid, you can step on the brake pedal, and your car may not come to a stop. As such, you want to take notice of any potential problems with your brake line. Here are a few of the signs that indicate that your brake line may be going bad.

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3 Common Brake Noises and What They Mean

It's easy to take the brakes on your car for granted. We all do it. You have faith that your brakes will be there when you need them. In fact, the only time most people even think about their brakes is when they're not performing properly. Brake noise is one of the most common complaints repair shops receive. And while brake noise may be annoying, it's a sign that something is not right and should be looked at immediately. If your brakes make a noise when in use, schedule an appointment today.

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Do Rotors Always Need to Be Resurfaced When You Are Having Your Brakes Done?

When your brakes are screeching or squealing, you likely need to have your brakes done. Typically when your brakes are done, the pads or shoes are replaced. In some instances, your rotors may also need to be resurfaced or replaced. If it seems like a shop is recommending you resurface or replace your rotors every time the shoes are replaced, you may find yourself wondering if this is normal. Here are a few questions you may have about whether your rotors need to be resurfaced every time your brakes are done.

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Top Signs That Your Brakes Need to Be Fixed

Do your brakes need to be checked? Brake issues can be incredibly dangerous, and they usually start with seemingly minor warning signs. These signs and symptoms will slowly progress into a more serious problem. It's always important to get a brake check if you've experienced any of the following issues:

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You and Your Brakes: Signs That They Need Professional Help

Your brakes go through a great deal of wear and tear. They are the only thing in between your car and whatever you are trying to avoid 

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When To Change Your Brakes?

Brakes every car needs them. When do you know if your car needs brake replacement? Many manufacturers suggest that brake replacement occur at various mileage. Sometimes that is 30,000 miles and others may be 100,000 miles. Why the big difference in mileage? Drivers drive differently and under different conditions both of which impact the life of brakes. So the easy answer is a yearly break inspection timed when you switch from all weather tires to snow tires.

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