Recommended Auto Maintenance

Frequent Brake Checks

The brake system of your vehicle is by far the most important safety system that it has. Being able to slow down or stop at a moments notice will help to avoid an incident or accident. Improperly working brakes will not do the job they are designed to do and will not be as effective when needed, especially in a panic stop situation.

 

Brakes should be regularly inspected, we recommend having your locally owned trusted repair shop (Automotive Solutions) regularly test drive the vehicle to see how the brake system functions. Then also perform an actual visual inspection, measuring pad and shoe thickness, check for even wear of the pads and shoes, check rotors for run out and hot spots, check hardware to make sure it is working properly and that it is adjusted properly. Make sure the wheel cylinders, brake lines and brake master cylinder are not leaking, inspect calipers for wear, free movement and fluid leaks, and check the level and condition of the brake fluid. Inspect for proper routing and placement of the brake and antilock brake sensors.

 

All of these components need to be in good shape and working properly for the vehicle to have 100% brake system effectiveness while driving. For instance, something that seems simple is the brake fluid, it can get contaminated over time with absorption of moisture and copper, this can decrease the effectiveness of the hydraulics within your brake system causing a less responsive brake pedal to the touch or feel, therefore causing a slight delay or reduction in braking power.

 

We recommend having your brake system inspected with each oil change or at minimum every 6 months or about every 6,000 miles. Then if the inspection reveals any issues with the brake system for your own safety and the safety of others, have it repaired or serviced to keep the brake system on your vehicle operating at 100% effectiveness. Stop in (pun intended) or contact the crew at Automotive Solutions in Highland,MI to keep your vehicle running safely. 248-889-0100.

Get Your Suspension System Checked

Your car’s suspension system is responsible for smoothing out the ride and keeping the car in control. Specifically, the suspension system maximizes the friction between the tires and the road to provide steering stability and good handling. The suspension system also provides comfort for passengers by limiting the impact of particular road conditions to not only the car, but the passengers riding inside.  The suspension system is made up of several components.  The springs support the vehicle weight and absorb and reduce excess energy from road shocks, along with the shock absorbers, struts, ball joints, bushings and the anti-sway bar components all play a major role in keeping your car or truck safely on the road. Your car or truck’s suspension system must be in good condition. Worn suspension components may reduce the stability of the vehicle and reduce driver control, as well as accelerate wear on other suspension parts, brake system components and tires. Replacing worn or inadequate shocks and struts will help maintain good ride control and handling along with other suspension components. At Automotive Solutions, our trained technicians can identify worn or damaged suspension components or advise on areas that may affect the vehicle’s performance to prevent further cost or repairs. (see list below for descriptions).

Control spring and suspension movement

Provide consistent handling and braking

Prevent premature tire wear

Help keep the tires in contact with the road

Maintain dynamic wheel alignment

Control vehicle bounce, roll, sway, drive, and acceleration squat

Reduce wear on other vehicle systems

Promote even and balanced tire and brake wear

To keep your car or trucks suspension system in optimal shape, bring your vehicle to Automotive Solutions of Highland,MI. 248-889-0100