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  • Hitting The Brakes In Lehi

    Feb 21, 2017

    Hello MINNEAPOLIS, let's talk about brakes. Hitting But the mechanical aspects of the brakes themselves are just one issue. There's also the power brake pump and brake fluid. And then there are the tires, which are critical to the effectiveness of the brakes.

    Let's step back. A new vehicle or truck rolls off a local MINNEAPOLIS showroom floor. It has brand new brakes with brand new brake pads. The brake lines and pump are filled with fresh fluid and are completely clean inside. And the tires are brand new, with full tread. It is ready to go.

    Naturally, braking power is at its peak performance. Now the miles/kilometers start to add up on the vehicle. MINNEAPOLIS drivers tend to focus on the brake pads. In the automotive business, the pads and shoes on drum brakes are called the friction material. That's because they provide the friction used to stop the vehicle. The pads are designed to be effective throughout their useful life – it's not until they are worn so thin as to be out of 'specs'  that they lose their ability to stop.

    The mechanical parts of the brakes have pistons and springs that get quite a workout while breaking. Over long distances around MN, these wear and get gummed up. They start to lose effectiveness gradually and could even fail - a scary possibility. That's why a regular brake inspection at Affordable Transmissions is important for your vehicle and your family's safety. At Affordable Transmissions we can test the operation of the brakes and see if any parts need cleaning or replacing.

    That leads us to brake fluid service at Affordable Transmissions. Some of the critical additives in the fluid that lubricate and clean the vehicle fluid system are depleted over time. That and moisture building up in the system reduce the performance of the brake fluid. A brake service at Affordable Transmissions cleans out deposits, water and dirt. Then the system is filled up with fresh fluid.

    The tires are what connect the vehicle to the road. Stopping force all comes down to traction. The better the tires grip the road, the more quickly you'll stop.

    This is especially important on wet American Fork area roads and surface streets. Studies have shown that wet stopping distance increases significantly as tires wear down. MN vehicle owners need to understand that they can have brakes that are operating at peak efficiency and yet still be in danger because their tires are worn out.

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    6317 WELCOME AVE N STE 1
    MINNEAPOLIS, MN 55429
    (763) 533-1169
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    Automotive Tips from Affordable Transmissions: Rotor Problems

    Jan 23, 2017

    The brake rotor, or disc, is attached to your wheel. The brake pads rub on the rotor to slow your car when you are driving in MINNEAPOLIS.

    Rotors can warp, crack or become misaligned. They can also be damaged by worn out brake pads that scratch grooves into the surface. These conditions result in less contact surface for the brake pads, leaving you with reduced braking power.

    Over time and miles, rotors can also wear down below safe specifications. It is important for MINNEAPOLIS drivers to know that simply replacing brake pads on a wheel with a bad rotor will not solve the problem. Depending on their condition, rotors may be resurfaced or replaced.

    Brake noise or a pulsation in the brake pedal are signs of potential brake problems that should be addressed right away. If you have any brake concerns, please have your friendly and professional Affordable Transmissions tech perform a thorough inspection.

    Give us a call.

    Affordable Transmissions
    6317 WELCOME AVE N STE 1
    MINNEAPOLIS, MN 55429
    (763) 533-1169




    Braking News: Keep Your Stopping Power

    Nov 27, 2016

    Richard Petty once told AutoNetTV, “You've gotta have good brakes. If you've got good brakes you can keep yourself out of a lotta trouble.”

    That's why a regular brake inspection is on every MINNEAPOLIS driver's maintenance schedule. An inspection by your service advisor at Affordable Transmissions will check your brake system and let you know if there are any problems.

    Of course, if you're having trouble with your brakes, get your car into Affordable Transmissions in MINNEAPOLIS right away. Here are some symptoms for MINNEAPOLIS drivers to watch for:

    • Low or spongy brake pedal
    • Hard brake pedal
    • A brake warning light that stays on
    • Constantly squealing or grinding brakes
    • Vibrations or clunking sounds when you apply your brakes

    If you are experiencing any of these, it's time to get your brakes checked. Talk to your friendly and knowledgeable service advisor at Affordable Transmissions .

    There are two types of brakes: disc and drum. Disc brakes have a rotor that's attached to the axle. Calipers straddle the rotor, kind of like the brakes on a bicycle.

    Drum brakes are most common on back wheels. Both types have pads or shoes that press against the brakes and slow the vehicle. Brake pads and shoes are made out of very tough material to withstand the heat and force generated when stopping your vehicle. Eventually, they wear out with use and become too thin and need to be replaced at Affordable Transmissions. 

    If the brake pads wear away completely, you can damage the rotors. The calipers can grind grooves in the rotor. Then the rotor must either be resurfaced or replaced. That's not only expensive but also dangerous because your vehicle won't stop as quickly. Sometimes rotors warp or crack and must be replaced.

    A brake service at Affordable Transmissions will also include a check of your brake fluid. When the brakes are applied, the pressure in the fluid activates the brake pads or shoes. Not enough fluid means not enough pressure to brake properly. Also, water builds up in the brake fluid over time, which leads to corrosion, leaks and brake damage, and with hard use, the brakes could severely fade or even fail. MINNEAPOLIS  drivers should change the brake fluid when their  vehicle manufacturer recommends to avoid these problems.

    Come in to Affordable Transmissions for an brake inspection before damage occurs. You can call ahead for an appointment by calling (763) 533-1169.

    Affordable Transmissions
    6317 WELCOME AVE N STE 1
    MINNEAPOLIS, MN 55429
    (763) 533-1169




    Stop It! You Need Good Brakes

    Nov 15, 2016

    Good brakes are obviously very important. If you've ever had your brakes go out while you're driving around the MINNEAPOLIS area, you'll know how terrifying it can be. Today we'll focus on how to tell when you have a brake problem and how to make good repair choices.

    Often, the first indication that something's wrong with the brakes is an unusual sound. It could be a squeal, chatter or grinding sound.

    Some brake pads have a little piece of metal embedded in them that will make a squeal or chirping sound when the brake pads have been worn down to the point that they need to be replaced. It's an early warning indicator.

    When you hear that sound, schedule an appointment at Affordable Transmissions soon.

    Now a chattering sound is more urgent. That usually indicates that something is loose. It could be a brake pad or even the brake calipers. If one of those parts falls off, you could have some serious trouble stopping the vehicle. It would be a good idea to park it until you can get into the shop.

    A grinding noise usually means that the brake pad is completely worn away and the metal parts of the brake are rubbing directly on the metal brake rotor. That means the rotor is being damaged and will need some work. More on that later.

    Another warning sign is that your brake pedal may feel soft and spongy – or it may even feel very hard to push in. Both could mean trouble. And of course, you may get a dashboard brake warning light.

    Now when it comes time to replace your brake pads, you have a choice to make. You can get the same pads that came standard on your vehicle. You can expect the same performance and durability as with the pads that came on the car from the factory.

    Now you can also get a budget brake pad. Sometimes MINNEAPOLIS drivers insist on lower cost pads. That's OK if the budget demands it, but you need to be aware of the tradeoffs. Lower grade pads are usually noisier, so you'll have to live with more noise when you apply the brakes. They also tend to generate a lot more brake dust, you know, that black dust that accumulates on your wheels. And they probably won't last as long either. In our opinion, that's a lot of compromise for just a few dollars in savings.

    You can also choose to buy premium brakes pads at Affordable Transmissions. These perform at higher specifications than the factory pads. You can expect quieter operation, less brake dust and better stopping power.

    Now, getting back to the rotors. The rotors are the discs that the brake pads clamp down on to stop the vehicle. If you've been driving with completely worn brake pads, you've scratched grooves into the rotors. If the grooves aren't too deep, the rotor can be resurfaced. A thin layer of metal is cut off the surface of the rotor to make it smooth again.

    Now, if the grooves are too deep or if the rotor has already be resurfaced before, there may not be enough material to resurface and still have a rotor that's thick enough to safely stop the vehicle. In that case, the rotor will have to be replaced.

    Something that's often overlooked is the brake fluid. Your manufacturer has a recommended schedule for evacuating the old brake fluid, cleaning the system and refilling it with fresh brake fluid. This is really important to brake performance.

    So here's the bottom line: if you suspect, inspect. If you notice any of these warning signs, have your brakes inspected at Affordable Transmissions in MINNEAPOLIS. Your service advisor can help you make the repair decision that's right for you.

    Affordable Transmissions
    6317 WELCOME AVE N STE 1
    MINNEAPOLIS, MN 55429
    (763) 533-1169




    Put on the Brakes: Brake Service at Affordable Transmissions

    Sep 18, 2016

    When it comes to preventive maintenance and vehicle care, most MINNEAPOLIS drivers know how important it is to check their brakes. But brakes are more than just brake pads and shoes. There are a lot of components in the brake system, and they all need to be in good working order.

    The pads and shoes are known as the friction materials in the brake system. They push together, providing friction which stops the vehicle. It's no wonder they have to be checked regularly for wear, and brake pads and shoes need to be replaced periodically.

    Brake pads/shoes gradually wear out, but that doesn't mean your braking gradually becomes less effective. The pads are engineered so that they maintain good braking until they wear too thin to provide adequate friction. At this point, they need to be replaced.

    But your braking system also has mechanical parts. These pistons and springs can also gradually wear out or get gummed up by oil, dirt and other road spatter. A brake inspection at Affordable Transmissions in MINNEAPOLIS  includes a check of these parts as well as the pads and shoes. Your friendly and knowledgeable pros at Affordable Transmissions can then advise you of any parts that need cleaning or replacement.

    The fluid component to the brake system needs a regular check-up at Affordable Transmissions as well. The brake fluid cools and protects your brake system. Protective additives are gradually depleted by the operation of the brake system, and moisture buildup inside the fluid can diminish its effectiveness. When you have your brakes serviced at Affordable Transmissions in MINNEAPOLIS, the fluid should be checked and, if needed, replaced, which will clean out water, debris and dirt.

    It is important to remember that your brake system also includes your tires. No matter how well your brake system is performing, if your vehicle tires are worn, you won't get good stopping power. Traction is the power of your tires gripping to the roadway. Traction is always better on tires with a good tread. Good traction translates to good braking.

    This is particularly important on wet MINNEAPOLIS roads. A good tire will give you good braking on either wet or dry MN roads. But stopping distance increases dramatically when worn tires meet wet roads. Tread on a tire acts to channel away water as the vehicle passes over the wet road, improving  contact between the tire's surface and the road; that maintains traction. But the thinner the tread, the less effective the water channels become, and water can get between the tire and the roadway, reducing friction. A loss of friction means a longer stopping distance and possibly the loss of control.

    Braking depends on two things: the weight of your vehicle and the speed of the vehicle. The heavier the vehicle or the faster the vehicle, the more braking power it requires. Thus, brake systems vary from vehicle to vehicle. For example, a pickup that is designed for heavy loads has a more powerful braking system than a compact car. Sports cars also have higher-grade braking systems than minivans.

    Regardless of what kind of car you drive in MINNEAPOLIS, it is always good auto advice to keep your brake system in good repair, and that means ALL of your brake system. Just one more way to keep your travels accident- and worry-free.

    Affordable Transmissions
    6317 WELCOME AVE N STE 1
    MINNEAPOLIS, MN 55429
    (763) 533-1169