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Monthly Archives: April 2021

What is The Difference Between Brake Pads and Brake Shoes?

What is The Difference Between Brake Pads and Brake Shoes?

When it comes to discussions about braking systems in cars, a person may have heard mechanics speaking about brake pads and brake shoes. While brake shoes essentially perform similar functions to brake pads, they are not the same thing. The way brake pads work is that the pads are pressed together by a caliper against a rotor disc and is thus called a 'disk brake', meaning that the pads that press up against the rotor actually generate the friction that is needed to make the car come to a stop. Brake shoes, on the other hand, are a crescent-shaped piece of metal with one side that is rough, in order to help create friction. Brake shoes are part of a drum brake system and are found inside of a drum-type brake, where they help slow down the car's wheels when brakes are applied. Drum brakes and brake shoes are actually an old-fashioned braking system and are becoming less common in the manufacture of newer vehicles, however some models of vehicle still use drum brakes on t ... read more

Visual Blind Spots When Driving Around Houston Texas

When we drive on our Houston Texas streets, we encounter blind spots. We can greatly reduce our blind spots by properly adjusting our mirrors to give the widest coverage possible. Make the adjustments to your vehicle before you start to drive. First, adjust your rear view mirror to give the best possible view directly to the rear of your vehicle or other vehicle type. You don't need it to get a better view of either side of the car, the kids in the back seat or your dazzling smile. The rear view mirror should look to the rear. Next, lean your head until it almost touches the driver's side window. Adjust your side mirror so that you can just barely see the side of your car. Now, lean your head to the middle of the car and adjust the outside mirror so that you can barely see the right side of the car. With your vehicle mirrors adjusted this way, you'll have  ... read more

Houston Drivers Ask: Why is My Check Engine Light On?

The Check Engine Light strikes fear into the hearts of some and is totally ignored by just as many.  Just what it means is a mystery to most of us. First, if your check engine light is flashing, that means that something is wrong that could cause severe damage to the catalytic converter or other components.  Get that taken care of right away.  If your check engine light is flashing, you shouldn’t drive at highway speeds, tow or haul heavy loads.  Take it easy all the way to the service center. If the light is glowing steadily, you should keep an eye on it for a day or two.  If the light doesn’t go off, schedule an appointment with your service advisor to get it checked out. Some more information on how the Check Engine Light works may be informative.  Most of your engine functions are controlled by a computer, not surprisingly, called an engine control computer.  The computer can adjust many engine parameters for environmental condition ... read more

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