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When Do You Need to Replace Your Brakes?

When Do You Need to Replace Your Brakes?

By Rick Popely on May 22, 2017

CARS.COM — Just as your gas mileage will vary depending on where and how you drive, so it goes with the life of brake pads (or linings), the friction material that gets pressed against a m... Read More
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How Often Do I Need to Change My Brake Fluid?

How Often Do I Need to Change My Brake Fluid?

By Rick Popely on October 1, 2016

CARS.COM — The recommended intervals for changing brake fluid are all over the board depending on the manufacturer, from as often as every two years to never. Really. For example, Chev... Read More
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What's Causing That Smell in My Car?

What's Causing That Smell in My Car?

By Rick Popely on August 17, 2016

CARS.COM — If your vehicle is giving off an unusual or sickening odor instead of that new-car smell, follow your nose and find the source of the aroma. Bad smells can lead to expensive rep... Read More
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Why Are My Brakes Squealing?

Why Are My Brakes Squealing?

By Rick Popely on June 15, 2016

If you're lucky, the squealing (or squeaking) noise that your brakes make when you first drive your car in the morning, particularly after rain or snow, is just surface rust being scraped of... Read More
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If I Seldom Drive, What's the Minimum I Should Drive My Car?

If I Seldom Drive, What's the Minimum I Should Drive My Car?

By Rick Popely on May 16, 2016

We recommend driving every two to three weeks to make it less likely that you wind up with a dead battery, flat-spotted tires or other issues that can be caused by letting a car sit for weeks. ... Read More
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Why Does the Pedal Vibrate When I Hit the Brakes?

Why Does the Pedal Vibrate When I Hit the Brakes?

By Rick Popely on May 12, 2016

When it comes to brakes, there are no good vibrations. The most likely reason that you feel vibrations through the brake pedal is because a rotor — the rotating disc that the brake pads ar... Read More
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How Do I Check the Pad Life on My Disc Brakes?

How Do I Check the Pad Life on My Disc Brakes?

By Rick Popely on May 4, 2016

When you apply the brakes to stop the vehicle, the brake pads are the friction material that gets pressed against the discs that spin along with the wheels. Eventually they wear down and need to... Read More
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Brake Pads: What You Need to Know

Brake Pads: What You Need to Know

By Rick Popely on April 30, 2016

Subject to tremendous friction and heat, brake pads wear down and must be replaced as part of a car's regular maintenance. In disc-brake systems, the brake pads are the friction material the... Read More
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ABS System: What You Need to Know

ABS System: What You Need to Know

By Rick Popely on April 30, 2016

The antilock braking system control module is a microprocessor that runs diagnostic checks of a vehicle's ABS. It processes information from wheel-speed sensors and the hydraulic brake syste... Read More
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Automakers, Safety Officials Make Crash Avoidance Systems Standard by 2022

Automakers, Safety Officials Make Crash Avoidance Systems Standard by 2022

By on March 17, 2016

CARS.COM — It may still be a while before you can buy a car that drives itself, but a deal announced today by automakers, safety regulators and safety advocates will speed up the availabil... Read More
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