Yearly Archives: 2018

Do I really need a brake flush?

Do I really need a brake flush?

Brakes, like anything else, wear down over time. Flushing your brake fluid removes the majority of contaminated fluid from your brake system and replaces it with brand new fluid. So, to answer the question yes, it’s extremely important to get a brake flush, which is usually recommended every 30,000 miles. Moisture can get in your system which turns into rust that flakes off and ends up in your brake fluid. Contaminants from calipers, wheel cylinders, and valves break off and can get in your brake fluid too. All these things ruin the stopping power and effectiveness of your brake system. After a flush, you can expect quieter, more responsive brakes and smoother stopping! Stop by Ferber’s Tire and Auto where we can provide a brake inspection and a full BG brake fluid flush

Why does my brake pedal go to the floor?

It’s ideal to have a brake pedal that’s tight and has a responsive connection to your brakes. Soft or spongy brakes make it much harder to bring your car to a complete stop, which is highly dangerous. There are a few culprits to why your brake pedal is soft and may even touch the floor of your vehicle. One of the most common reasons for your brakes touching the floor would be an issue with your brake fluid. Your fluid being low or air reaching the brake line will prevent the fluid from flowing properly, resulting in a spongy pedal. A bad brake booster is another common cause for a malfunctioning pedal. The booster is a device that uses vacuum pressure to take the force you apply to the brake and amplify it. Last but not least, the master cylinder could be the hidden culprit. The master cylinder is where the brake fluid gets compressed. If the master cylinder isn’t working, the full force needed to pressure the fluid will be absent. Diagnosing this issue can be an ext ... read more

Why is my oil light on?

So, you’re driving home, and that red oil can pops up on your dashboard. What does this mean? What’s the next step? Follow these instructions to get closer to the solution. First, it’s essential to understand the urgency and importance of the oil light. Oil is the lifeblood of your engine. Continuing to run the engine without enough oil to lubricate the parts can devastate the components in your engine. If you see that red oil can on the dashboard, it’s important to pull over immediately to preserve the life of your engine. Once pulled over, you should check the oil level using the dipstick. The solution could be as simple as adding more oil to your car. While you’re checking your oil, look around your vehicle for signs of a leak. If it’s needed, add more oil and re-check the status of your automobile. If the light is gone, it could be possible that you simply needed more oil. Another possible reason behind the oil light could be low oil pressure ... read more

What are struts?

What are struts?

While they share similar roles, struts and shocks are not interchangeable parts. Struts are a structural part of the suspension system and are mounted to the chassis of the vehicle. The main job of the strut is to absorb the impact created by bouncing and dipping on the road. In addition, the strut provides structural support of the vehicle's suspension and holds the tire in the properly aligned position. Struts are composed of only two parts: the shock absorber and the spring. The spring is almost always in a coil shape. In turn, the shock absorber is fitted down the middle coil spring. It’s important to note that not all cars and trucks have struts. Different suspension designs will use separate springs and shock absorbers. It's important to have struts inspected annually to check for leaks or prevent long-term damage. Bring your vehicle to a trusted ASE certified mechanic for service

Why do I need transmission fluid?

Why do I need transmission fluid?

There are many fluids your vehicle needs to operate properly. Transmission fluid is one of the most important. The job of transmission fluid is to lubricate and cool down your transmission. Transmission fluid protects the gears of your transmission and protects them from grinding. Transmission failure is one of the most devastating issues that can plague your vehicle. When it comes to transmission fluid, it’s all about preventative maintenance. By the time you realize your fluid has gone bad, it’s usually too late. Over time debris will build up and make it hard for the fluid to do its job. Frequent stop and go driving and towing heavy loads make the debris break down and at an even faster rate. Transmission fluid is usually red but may be green or other distinguishing colors to be easily visible. Automatic and manual cars use different types of transmission fluids. Automatic transmission fluid is always used on automatic cars and is used for some modern manual vehicles ... read more