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B & L Automotive Automotive Tips: Antilock Brakes

Wednesday, October 22nd, 2014

anti lock brakes Hampton Roads

Newport News motorists depend on their brakes to safely slow and stop their vehicles. You’ve probably had the experience where you’ve slammed on your brakes and started to skid. When your wheels are locked up, you are just sliding over the road. And if the road is wet or slick or covered with gravel – you really get out of control. Steering is next to impossible. That is why anti-lock brake systems (ABS) were invented: to help you maintain vital control in extreme stopping conditions on VA roads.

As mentioned, when wheels lock up, this decreases your control. ABS keeps your brakes from locking – helping you stop while maintaining your ability to steer. Sensors on each wheel equipped with ABS, monitor wheel spin and compare it with vehicle speed sensors. When auto owners are pressing on the brakes, still traveling forward, but the wheels are not turning, the ABS system speedily steps in and modulates the brakes.

The ABS rapidly “pumps” the brakes, not allowing the wheels to lock-up while still applying braking pressure. This is all done automatically without any intervention on your part. You will feel a pulsation through the brake pedal and will hear a clunking as the brakes are rapidly being applied and let off over and over again. The first time this happens to you, you may be surprised and think something is wrong. Well, it isn’t – so just keep your foot on the brake and allow the ABS to do its thing. In fact, remember the critical 3 S’s of anti-lock brakes: Stomp, Stay, & Steer. Stomp on the brakes, keep the pedal down, and steer as needed.

When you first start your vehicle, the ABS does a quick self-check to make sure everything is OK. The ABS warning light will briefly illuminate with all of the other warning lights on your dashboard and then go out. If the system detects a fault, the ABS light will come on and stay on. Newport News drivers should definitely take their vehicle in to B & L Automotive in Newport News for a check if the important ABS warning light is on.

Proper brake system service is the best way to protect your ABS. Replacing brake fluid that is depleted and/or contaminated will help preserve proper ABS operation and protect it against dangerous corrosion. Newport News motorists can communicate with their friendly B & L Automotive service advisor to see if it’s time for an automotive analysis of their critical braking system.

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B & L Automotive
13539 Jefferson Ave
Newport News, VA 23608
757.833.0736

At B & L Automotive in Newport News VA (23608) we install quality NAPA replacement parts. Give us a call at 757.833.0736. To learn more about NAPA AutoCare, visit www.NAPAAutoCare.com.

Automotive Solutions from B & L Automotive: Disc Brakes

Thursday, August 28th, 2014

B & L Automotive in Newport News brake inspection

Question:
What are the signs that I need a brake job?

B & L Automotive Answer:
Signs of brake problems often fall into one of two categories for Newport News motorists: making noise or a pulsation in the brake pedal. Let’s start with the noise.

Most brake pads have an audible brake wear indicator. This is a small piece of metal that rubs on your brake rotor when the brake pads are worn to the point they should be replaced. The noise is a chirp or soft squeal. This noise gives Newport News car owners enough essential warning to get their brakes serviced while there is still enough brake pad left to enable you to stop safely.

Newport News car owners who ignore the chirp ordinarily find that the sound changes to a grinding noise. That is more serious. It means that the friction material on your brake pad is worn away and metal parts of the brake are grinding against the rotor when you press on the brakes. Obviously, this detrimental metal-on-metal means that your brakes aren’t stopping very well. It also means that your rotor is being damaged. It may need to be resurfaced or even replaced.

Pedal pulsation is another noticeable trouble. When your rotor is not in perfect alignment, it pushes against the brake pads unevenly as you apply the brakes. There could be a number of reasons for this. The rotor and wheel hub may not be mating well, causing the rotor to be spinning out of vertical alignment. This harmful misalignment can be caused by either the rotor or the hub, or a combination of the two. If this issue persists, the rotor may even start to wear unevenly to the point that its thickness varies, causing an even more noticeable pulsation. This uneven mating of the brake pad and the rotor when braking means less contact and it will cut down braking power.

Your service center or the team at B & L Automotive in Newport News can determine the cause of the dangerous misalignment and remedy the issue.

Either unusual brake noise or pedal pulsation are signs for Newport News auto owners that there are brake problems. Newport News auto owners should have a tech at B & L Automotive inspect their brakes thoroughly and recommend any important steps necessary to correct the trouble.

A regular brake inspection is on every sedan’s recommended list. Ask your friendly B & L Automotive service professional if it’s time for an essential brake inspection.

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B & L Automotive
13539 Jefferson Ave
Newport News, VA 23608
757.833.0736

At B & L Automotive in Newport News VA (23608) we install quality NAPA replacement parts. Give us a call at 757.833.0736. To learn more about NAPA AutoCare, visit www.NAPAAutoCare.com.

Disc Brake Maintenance At B & L Automotive In Newport News

Tuesday, May 14th, 2013

Disc Brake Pad Replacement Newport News

Hello Newport News auto owners. Today, we’re talking about disc brakes. Your vehicle weighs several thousand pounds and it takes a lot of force to bring it and your passengers to a safe stop – so everything needs to be in good working order.

The wheel hub keeps your wheel attached to the sedan. The brake disc – or rotor – is attached to the hub and spins with the wheel as you drive. Your brake pads clamp onto the rotor to slow the wheel. The brake caliper straddles the rotor and squeezes the rotor to slow it down. The calipers contain brake pads which rub on the rotor when you step on the brakes. The brake piston causes the calipers to squeeze and release as you use your brakes.

Your sedan brake pads start to wear the first time you step on the brakes. Eventually the pads are worn out and need to be replaced. If you don’t replace brake pads when they’re worn out, the metal parts of the brake will grind against the rotor and carve grooves into the surface.

If a scored rotor isn’t too bad, your friendly Newport News technician can put the rotor on a lathe and smooth it out. If the grooves are too deep, or if the rotor is warped or cracked, you need to replace it. At B & L Automotive, we have been servicing disc brakes for Newport News auto owners for 58 years.

Servicing disc brakes at B & L Automotive require special attention to the mechanical sliding and mounting portions of the system. Your B & L Automotive service supplier knows the special needs. Sometimes brake pistons can stick and must be replaced. Typically it’s cheaper to replace the entire caliper at Newport News auto service centers than to rebuild the piston.

So there you have it – a brief B & L Automotive guide to how your disc brakes work. Newport News auto owners who replace their brake pads on time will not only keep their sedan stopping safely, but could save money on unnecessary brake repair down the road.

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B & L Automotive
757.833.0736
13539 Jefferson Ave
Newport News, VA 23608

At B & L Automotive in Newport News VA (23608) we install quality NAPA replacement parts. Give us a call at 757.833.0736. To learn more about NAPA AutoCare, visit www.NAPAAutoCare.com.

Disc Brakes

Wednesday, August 10th, 2011

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Your brakes are extremely important as you drive around Newport News VA. Having good brakes just keeps you out of trouble. You’ll want to carefully maintain your brakes. With disc brakes, brake pads rub on a disc – or rotor – to slow the wheels.

The brake pads are attached to a caliper that squeezes the pads against the rotor. It’s kind of like how squeezing the handbrake on a bicycle pushes the brake pads against the wheel of the bike.

Now pads just wear away with use – kind of like a pencil eraser wears out. The good news is that replacing brake pads is a straight-forward repair.

Newport News VA Disc Brakes If you hear squealing or grinding when you use the brakes, have your Newport News VA service advisor check them out. He’ll have a technician perform a thorough brake inspection to see what needs to be done. He’ll check for signs of brake problems and go over other brake components to see that they’re working properly.

He can tell you if it’s time to replace the pads or if there are other issues with your brakes that should be addressed. Some people ignore the warning signs and keep driving long after the pads are completely worn out. When that happens, metal brake components will grind on the rotor, damaging it enough that it needs to be resurfaced or replaced.

Rotors can also warp or crack, in which case they’ll need to be replaced. Brake calipers also wear out over time. They can develop leaks or the caliper pistons can freeze open or closed – either way it’s not good. When this happens it’s time to replace the calipers. A thorough brake inspection will reveal worn bearings or seals as well.

The new brake pads we put on your vehicle will restore your brakes to manufacturers’ specifications. Or, we can install upgraded parts to increase your stopping power and reduce brake noise and brake dust. We have several options to meet your braking requirements and your budget.

Taking care of your brakes keeps them working safely – and you could prevent premature brake repairs down the road.

At B & L Automotive in Newport News VA we install quality NAPA replacement parts. Call us from Gloucester Point at 757.596.0512. To learn more about NAPA AutoCare, visit www.NAPAAutoCare.com.