Signs That Your Vehicle May Need a New Brake System

Most people lack the knowledge needed to know when their vehicle is in need of a new brake system.  Without the proper knowledge and know how, many drivers actually put themselves in harm’s way when they do not give prime attention to unfamiliar sounds or feelings generated by their vehicle’s brakes.  Here at Auto Clinic of Franklin we take tremendous pride in our top of the line automotive services and that includes inspection, repair and replacement of any type of vehicle brake system.  With that said, we want to take this time to offer our valued clients important information needed about if and when to install new brakes.

Today there are a great many automotive shops and repair facilities that provide clients with all their automotive needs and surely choosing the ideal automotive shop can be a huge challenge.  However, here in Franklin, the professionals at Auto Clinic of Franklin have come to be known as your ‘go to’ shop for all your automotive needs.

Meet Our TeamOur friendly, licensed techs are committed and dedicated to providing top-rated products and services to all our clients.  Our team of experts works with all our clients to help them recognize, identify and understand all types of automotive problems, needs and solutions.  Equipped with the right information and knowledge, individuals are able to recognize varied automotive issues and schedule repairs needed in a timely fashion so as not to contribute to more costly problems down the road.

We here at Auto Clinic of Franklin take great pride in serving all our clients and are steadfast in maintaining our very high customer service and customer satisfaction rating by providing our clients with up and coming auto services they may need.  We have taken the time to put together some important indicators to help our clients know when it is time to invest in a new brake system for their vehicle.

First up is the presence of loud squeaking noises or a loud screeching sound that you notice when you are applying your brakes.  This is typically a surefire indication that it’s time for new brakes.  You may notice when applying your brakes that your vehicle does not come to a complete stop, but rather continues to move forward a bit.  This usually means that your pads or rotors, or both, are in need of replacement.

Yet another common sign and indeed an obvious sign is that of a dashboard indicator light that comes on warning that there may be an issue with your brake system.  You should never ignore your dashboard lights, but instead, bring your vehicle down to our trusted automotive clinic here in Franklin and let our technicians perform an inspection to identify problems and provide you with your repair options.

A final simple fact about if and when you need to install a new brake system, is to bring your vehicle in for a routine inspection and check up every 28,000-30,000 miles.  Brakes typically last for near to 30,000 miles, but often times need adjusting or additional services at this mileage marker.

At Auto Clinic of Franklin, we not only offer the highest quality automotive products and services, but we are proud of our affordable prices and our accommodating timelines as well.  If you are in need of a new brake system for your vehicle, or any other automotive parts, services or repairs, then surely you have come to the right place.  Reach out to the friendly technicians here at Auto Clinic of Franklin and schedule your repair or maintenance appointment today.  We look forward to serving you and to providing you with the best all round automotive products and services this side of Tennessee!

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Indicators it’s time for new brakes

Vehicle Diagnostics

Vehicle DiagnosticsMost drivers, no matter how experienced they may be, are not automotive savvy and often times do not recognize indicators that warn us of impending automotive problems.  Whether your brake pads are nearly to the metal, your serpentine belt is about to blow, or your transmission will soon slip, the list of automotive problems and repairs goes on and on.  With that said, the team here at Auto Clinic of Franklin is equipped to handle all your automotive needs.  Here at our top-rated Franklin auto repair shop, our mechanics and technicians have come to be recognized as some of the absolute best in the industry. Read More

Franklin Auto Repair Complete Roadtrip Checklist

Autumn Driving

With winter in full swing here in Middle Tennessee and spring surely on the way, it’s almost that time of the year for fun and adventure on the road to commence! If a spring excursion is on your list of things to do this year, it’s important to take into consideration the vehicle’s needs before you leave. After the cold has passed, we’re all itching to get outdoors, out of the house, and some of us, on the road. As part  of your planning, we’ve put together a complete checklist from your trusted Franklin auto repair specialists at Auto Clinic of Franklin. We hope this helps you leave worrying about the condition of your vehicle to the experts at Auto Clinic of Franklin so you can enjoy your adventure without fail. Read More

What To do With a Jammed Parking Brake

Jammed Parking Brake

Jammed Parking BrakeHave you ever found yourself confronted with a jammed parking brake? There are a number of situations that typically require a bit more braking power than normal, which is why it is important to know how to properly use your brake and avoid jamming it and other unpleasant situations as a result.

The team here at Auto Clinic of Franklin are committed and dedicated to providing top of the line products and services to all our clients. With that said, we want to take time here to acquaint you with your parking brake, how it works, when you should use it and what to do should it become jammed.

HOW DOES A PARKING BRAKE WORK?

Your car’s emergency braking system is connected to the rear brakes of your vehicle. There are a series of cables that are connected to the hand lever on the inside of your vehicle. When you pull up on your parking brake lever, the brakes are then engaged.

WHEN SHOULD YOU USE YOUR PARKING BRAKE?

If your vehicle is equipped with a manual transmission you will more than likely use your emergency brake every time you put your vehicle in park. If your vehicle has an automatic transmission you will probably only use your brakes when you are parked on a hill, although we should all use our parking brake at all times and not just on a hill.

When you park your vehicle, a device known as a parking pawl is engaged. This is a metal pin that goes into a ring that is directly attached to your transmission. When your vehicle is in park, the pawl keeps the shaft in your transmission from turning. There are occasions when a parking pawl can break. In this instance, your parking brake serves as an added safeguard and prevents your car from moving. You should get in the habit of using your parking brake as often as possible. It does not harm your vehicle and is a surefire way of adding peace of mind that your vehicle will not be able to roll away.

HOW DOES MY PARKING BRAKE GET JAMMED?

One of the most common causes of a jammed parking brake is that of rust or corrosion. Water and dirt cause cables to erode which then can cause either your brakes to fail, your brake pads to stick to your wheels, or your cables to snap. In order to keep your brakes from getting stuck, you should use your emergency brake on a regular routine basis which ensures that the corrosion will not occur.

Keep in mind also that your emergency brake can also freeze in place when the weather conditions are cold and wet. This can, however, be resolved quite easily by simply turning on your vehicle and letting it warm up for a short period of time. In addition, your emergency brake can also get stuck if you pull it too hard. When you pull up on the lever too hard it will cause your brakes to get stuck against the wall of your wheel drums.

To release a stuck brake there are a few things you can do. You can start by trying to rock the vehicle back and forth if you are in a safe place or even get under the vehicle and pull the cables. You can also try setting and then releasing the brake several times in your attempt to knock the brake free. Finally, if none of these tactics work, then it’s time to call in the tow truck.

The professionals here at Auto Clinic of Franklin highly recommend you maintain the system with routine service, make every effort to use your parking brake as often as possible, and take it easy when you are either engaging or disengaging the lever so as to avoid a jammed parking brake.

Remember, if you are in need of any type of routine maintenance services or automotive repairs then we are the team for you. Recognized for our quality products and services, our friendly, professional technicians and our affordable prices, the folks here at Auto Clinic of Franklin stand ready to serve you. Winter driving is not far off, so take time out now, if you haven’t already, to have your vehicle tuned-up in time for the cold weather season ahead. Don’t delay. Contact our team today. You’ll be more than glad you did!!

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Indicators That Your Car’s Rotors or Brake Pads Need Replacing

Vehicle Diagnostics

Although they are not outwardly visible and certainly not a feature of your car that you typically brag about, your brakes are vitally important to the overall functionality of your car. For this very reason, it is essential that you give focus and pay attention to any of the indicators that suggest it is time for your rotors or brake pads to be checked or replaced. With that said, the folks here at Auto Clinic of Franklin want to offer you the insight needed to recognize these warning signs.

First and foremost, if you notice your brake pedal is pulsating then it’s a very good chance that you need to invest in new brake pads. If you press down on the brake pedal and it begins to pulsate or vibrate this is a good indicator that your brake pads are either warped or worn out. If this is the case you can either have them remachined or replaced altogether.

Rotors or Brake PadsNext, if you notice that your brakes are squealing and/or screeching rest assured it’s time to replace those pads. A high-pitched sound that is emitted when you depress the brakes is caused by the metal shim. If your brakes are over exposed to water you may hear this sound once or twice only. However, if you hear it constantly, then it’s time to pay a visit to the highly skilled technicians here at Auto Clinic of Franklin.

The next indicator is that of a grinding or clicking sound coming from your brakes. If you hear this sound when you apply your brakes, then again, it’s time to replace them. Usually a grinding sound of this sort tells you that your brakes are well beyond the point of questioning whether or not they need replacement. Since the grinding sound is caused by the metal disc and caliper rubbing together because the brake pads are completely worn out, you must not delay. Rather, get on down to our facility as soon as you can because chances are, you need to replace both the rotors and the pads.

Yet another indicator that your rotors or brake pads may need replacing is the simple act of your car pulling. This means that it feels as though your car wants to turn on its own, whether you are driving or braking. Your braking system could have a stuck caliper causing friction on one of your wheels or it could be uneven brake pads or a brake hose that has collapsed. In some cases, it could just be the fact that your tires are not inflated evenly. Regardless, when you feel the car pulling get it to our mechanics for a good once over.

Finally, if you take a peek at your vehicle’s brake pads through the car wheel spokes, you can often determine by viewing if they need to be replaced. The outside brake pad is the material up against the metal rotor. If you notice that there is less than a quarter of an inch, then head on over to our repair shop right away.

We hope you find this information helpful. Remember, if you are in the market for a reliable, professional, certified and highly experienced automotive repair shop then certainly you have come to the right place. Whether diagnostic testing, new tires, typical preventive maintenance or any type of automotive repair, we are the team for you. Our team stands ready to serve you with the best all round automotive services this side of Tennessee. For all your automotive needs, reach out to the professionals here at Auto Clinic of Franklin. You’ll be glad you did!!

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