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Do I Need Brake Work?

Brake linings should be inspected periodically. A good time would be when you have your tires rotated. Most manufacturers recommend rotating your tires every 5,000 to 8,000 miles. There should not be an additional charge if the brake inspection is done when the tires are rotated. Check the lining material on all the pads, inner and outer and front and rear, of each pad. If the thickness is down to the thickness of a nickel or less at any point, they should be replaced. The caliper slides should be cleaned, also. Any springs or clips that are worn or missing should be replaced.

Ask the Mechanic

My car won't start. What might be wrong?

There may be a variety of reasons you car won't start.

First, if your car is silent when you turn the key in the ignition - check your battery. If the battery looks corroded, the issue may be your battery. Also, be sure there aren't any loose or unconnected cables around the battery.

If you car makes a clicking noise when you try to start it, again check the battery and battery connections.

Winterizing Your Car

Winter is just around the corner. Do you know how to prepare your car and yourself for driving in the unexpected weather that winter may bring?
Here are some suggestions from the National Safety Council to make sure that you and your vehicle are prepared.

Weather

At any temperature -20° Fahrenheit below zero or 90° Fahrenheit above -weather affects road and driving conditions and can pose serious problems. It is important to monitor forecasts on the Web, radio, TV, cable weather channel or in the daily papers.

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