What kinds of repairs are commonly needed to fix my car brakes?
If your car exhibits any of the following, then your brakes probably need some repair work: soft brake pedal, car pulls to one side, steering wheel shudders when brakes are applied, brake pedal feels like its pulsing, vibrations or noises when brakes are applied.
Brake repairs start with an inspection of the brake fluid, brake lines, master cyclinder, pads, rotors and calipers. Rotors can become warped, which will cause shudder/vibration/pulsing under hard or repeated braking. A soft pedal can indicate low brake fuild, which could be a broken brake line. It’s always best to bring your car as soon as you notice any brake issue.
Why we recommend a brake service!
Servicing your brakes makes sure they function properly between brake replacements. It protects your safety and prolongs the life of your brake parts. Road salt increases the speed of corrosion, as well as reduces the lubrication on your brakes. Lack of lubrication can cause parts to seize in place, which causes excess wear and reduced braking power. Save the cost of new brake parts and get your brakes serviced regularly at tire change season.
Timing belt advice
When a timing belt breaks the engine will either stop or the components will be out of sync, causing damage to the engine. Timing belts should be replaced at the recommended times to prevent engine failure. A few warning signs are engine misfire, as well as belts appearance.
Do you work on electric vehicles (EV) including Teslas?
We provide a range of repair services for Teslas and other EVs including brake service, front- and rear-end suspension, tires, rims, alignment, and filters. Our costs are typically lower than dealership repair rates.
Ball joint advice
Ball joints are a wearable part, through regular use as well as pot holes and rough road they become loose and no longer function as needed. A loose ball joint affects wheel alignment, tire wear, and your car’s suspension to the point where it may be hard to steer and control the vehicle. Lower control arm ball joints are the pieces of hardware that help keep the wheel attached to the steering wheel. If these fail, then it can cause accidents and be incredibly dangerous. Replace it before it’s too late because you never know when these lower control arm ball joints can fail.
How should I winterize my car?
CHECK YOUR BATTERY
Having your battery condion checked could save you time and money. Being stranded is never fun.
USE WINTER TIRES
Winter tires are made to stay flexable in cold weather, summer tires get hard and lose traction, reducing your car’s ablity to stay on the road during winter. It is a good idea to keep an eye on your tread depth, less tread means less traction. You sould also look at your tires build day, anything older than 7 years is not safe to drive on, as the rubber gets hard and weather cracked. The build date can be found on the side of the tire. See us at The Kar Doctor and we can give you an update on your tires condition.
KEEP WASHER FLUID FULL
Replace your windshield wiper fluid often. A single snowstorm can exhaust a large amount of this fluid, so refill the washer reservoir frequently with windshield wiper fluid formulated for winter conditions.
PACK A WINTER SAFETY KIT
Before heading off on a trip, store common tools and supplies in your car in case of an emergency.
KEEP THE GAS TANK AT LEAST HALF FULL
Keeping gas in the tank is more important in winter than in summer. Why? For one thing, a full tank reduces condensation, which can prevent gas line freeze ups. Not only that, but if you’re ever stranded, your engine may be the only thing to keep you warm until help arrives.
LEARN WINTER EMERGENCY PREPAREDNESS
It’s important to know what to do before you are in an emergency in case you ever get stuck. If you get stuck in a winter storm while driving, do not leave your car for risk of losing sigh of it, do not run your car for long periods of time. Instead, turn it on long enough to stay warm, and then turn it off again to avoid carbon monoxide poisoning, as well as to save fuel.
Check out The Kar Doctor for your Tesla Repairs!
300 Exeter Road Building 2- Unit 1
London, ON N6L 1A3