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6 Signs That It May Be Time for a Brake Job

The brakes are one of the most important features in your vehicle. They are paramount to remain safe on the road. It is recommended to take your car to a mechanic once every 50,000 miles for a brake job to ensure everything works as it should.

However, if you notice any of the following signs, then you want to bring your vehicle in sooner to have it looked at.


1. Excessively Thin Brake Pads


You can analyze whether you need a brake job by simply looking at the brake pads. They are located between the brake caliper and brake disc. You can see them by peering between the spokes on your car’s wheels.

In the event the pads are any less than 1/4-inch in thickness, then it is a clear indicator they are about to wear down completely. You need to replace the pads before they wear out, or else you will end up with metal scraping against metal, which can significantly damage the brake system.


2. Vibrations in the Brake Pedal


You should know how it feels to apply the brake pedal. If you notice any vibrations coming from it when you press down, then you have a problem. The vibrations are likely accompanied by greater difficulty in slowing down your car, which is dangerous.

A vibrating brake pedal is often a sign the brake pads are too worn out, so when you feel the vibrations, you should physically examine the pads. You should take your vehicle to a mechanic promptly to have the issue addressed.


3. Screeching or Squealing Noises


When you engage the brakes, there should not be any sound coming out. When you start to hear screeching or squealing sounds, it is often the first sign your pads are failing. The sound is most likely coming from a tiny, metallic shim indicator embedded within the pad to let you know there is an issue.

The sound may also come from dust and other debris that has accumulated on the pads. If the noises do not go away after a few uses, then you need a professional’s help.


4. Indicator Lights


Pay attention to your dashboard. When any of the lights illuminate, you need to address the issue right away. These days, some cars even come with an indicator to tell you when it is time to replace the brake pads, which you should follow.

When the light comes on, you should make sure your mechanic replaces the light sensors in addition to the pads.


5. Shaky Steering Wheel


The pads can cause a lot of issues in your vehicle. However, you also want to pay attention to signs of failing brake rotors. As you drive, you may feel shaking coming from the steering wheel.

This is a clear sign your car needs a check-up. Most of the time, the rotors are the culprit. They could be uneven and require repairs from a professional.


6. Leaky Fluid


As you drive off, you may realize your car leaves behind a small puddle. Your first thought maybe that it is motor oil, but it could be something else.

It is possible the puddle consists of brake fluid, which will degrade the system prematurely. In the event you have no clue what the fluid could be, then you want to take your car to a mechanic immediately to assess the situation.

 

Get Your Brake Maintenance on Greg’s Japanese Auto


Any changes to your car’s behavior should be examined. Bring your car over to Greg’s Japanese Auto for routine maintenance to ensure your brakes continue working as they should.

You can contact us to learn more about our services and to set up a time to come in. We would be more than happy to look at your vehicle’s brakes to determine what is causing the problem.

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Did You Hear That? 10 Noises Your Car Shouldn’t Be Making

After driving your car for only a few weeks, you should be familiar with all of the little peculiarities that make it special. You know the sound it makes when you first ignite the engine and how it should sound when you accelerate (if it makes any sound at all). To keep your vehicle in excellent working condition, you need to recognize and diagnose issues immediately. Strange sounds often indicate car problems, and you do not want an expensive mechanic’s bill because you failed to act sooner. These are the most common car problems and what they most likely are.

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Driving Tips for Getting Around Downtown Seattle Safely and Efficiently

Seattle is a beautiful, vibrant city with a lot to offer locals and visitors alike. From craft breweries to museums, there is something for everybody. The process of getting to and driving through Seattle can be tricky, due to the usual challenges associated with big city driving, along with some uniquely local difficulties and terrain such as Lake Washington. Use these safe driving tips to help prepare you for your next trip to the city.

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Must-See Spots in Springtime in Seattle

While Seattle retains its Pacific Northwest charms even through the dulled, gray winter months, the warming springtime sun illuminates what makes this coastal city one of the most beautiful in the country. Whether you’re looking to spend time watching salmon slingers downtown, plop down on a sandy beach, or traverse gorgeous odes to the natural world, you’ll be wowed by the best views in Seattle.

Plaes to teach teens to drive near Seattle

Good Places to Help Your Teen Learn How to Drive Around Seattle

If you have an upcoming driver at your house, you might be wondering how to teach your child to drive. While you could head out on I-5, that might not be the best solution for someone who hasn’t been behind the wheel before. It’ll probably take some time to warm up to that kind of traffic. Try some of the following suggestions for starters.

Best Drives With a View Around Seattle

Thanks to its famous rain, the Pacific Northwest is chock-full of natural beauty. Even the busiest cities in the region have ample access to nature. A simple drive across the floating I-90 bridge from Seattle to Mercer Island or Bellevue is a treat of stunning lake and mountain views. If you’re looking for scenic drives near Seattle that really show off our state’s gorgeous landscape, check out some of these routes.

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Join Greg’s Japanese Auto and Vine Maple Place in Helping Homeless Families this Holiday Season

The Greg’s Japanese Auto family is excited to announce that we’ll be celebrating the season of giving by partnering with Vine Maple Place, a charitable organization that provides support to single parents and their children who are facing homelessness. As part of the Puget Sound community, it’s always been important to our team that we give back to those in need – especially during the holiday months. This year, we’re excited to provide the opportunity for our customers to join us in making a difference in the lives of families right here in the Puget Sound. Together, we can ensure that these families have everything they need to not only enjoy the peace and joy of the season but also be ready to begin 2019 on a hopeful note.

Best Stops Between Seattle & Portland

Road trips make for amazing adventures whether you go with a group of friends or that one special someone. Although you likely have an ultimate destination you want to reach, the best parts of any road trip are sometimes the stops you make along the way. One of the most famous road trips people make in Seattle is to Portland as it is not too far, with many wonderful sights to visit along the way.

How to Winterize Your Car – Winter Car Safety Tips Every Driver in Washington Should Know

With the fall season gradually approaching, winter will blow in before you know it. Just as preparing your wardrobe to keep you warm and comfortable during the cold months is essential, it is just as important to prepare your car with specific winter car safety tips.

The experts of Greg’s Japanese Auto are here to teach you how to winterize your car with these winter car safety tips to keep it up and running safely this―and every other―winter driving season.

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