Thursday, September 29, 2011

Emergency Road Kit

Putting together an Emergency Road Kit is essential because you never know when an emergency will arise. The team at 60 Minute Tune cares about your safety; which is why we suggest carrying the following items in your vehicle at all times:

  • Jumper cables
  • Flares or reflective devices
  • First-aid kit
  • Tire pressure gauge
  • Blanket
  • Bottled drinking water
  • Change of clothes
  • Automobile registration
  • Proof of insurance
  • Cell phone
  • Copy of your health insurance card
  • Marker and message pad
  • Emergency contacts
  • Flashlight with extra batteries
  • Copy of your motor club membership card
  • Shovel
  • Window scraper/brush
  • Window washer fluid
  • Sand or rock salt
  • Thermal packs
  • Energy bars
  • Hat and gloves
  • Paper towels
  • Disposable camera
  • Road maps

Monday, September 19, 2011

What Do Brake Noises Tell You?

Some brake noises are normal, while others indicate problems requiring service. This is what the noises could mean:

  • Grinding When caused by rust building up on the rotors, it's of little concern. The buildup can usually be removed, or sometimes it disappears after a few stops. If grinding persists, the problem could be more serious and should be addressed immediately.

  • Loud squeals Disc brakes with wear indicators may produce a squeal,
    indicating it's time to change the pads.

  • Trace squeaks or squeals Semi-metallic brake linings can emit sound. Rain, humidity or cold brakes could be the source. If the problem persists, have the brakes checked.

  • Clicking Sometimes accompanied by a slight pulsing in the brake pedal at low speeds, it's most likely the Anti-lock Braking System performing a harmless self-check.