Brakes Tag

Maryland requires a safety inspection on all cars registered within the state. Before obtaining an inspection certificate, you must have your vehicle inspected at a licensed vehicle safety inspection station (in Maryland). The MD State Safety Inspection checks numerous automobile components and systems, including drum brakes, disk brakes, and regenerative braking. This blog will explore the basics of brake components, their common issues, and possible repairs. For more information on other automotive systems, see the links for this entire blog series at the end of this blog.   MD State Safety Inspection: Brake System Components An inspector will check all your vehicle's brake components during a safety inspection. Excessively worn or damaged parts may cause your vehicle to fail the inspection. Below is a generalized list of the basic components in the different brake systems found on most vehicles. If you are unfamiliar with the type of brakes equipped on your automobile, you can find the information in your owner's manual. Drum Brakes Drum brake systems have been around since the early 1900s. The first designs were completely mechanical, using manual levers. By the mid-1930s, they used hydraulic pressure to operate. Here's a basic list of the components found in the drum brake system: Master...

The sun is shining, school is out, and it is time for your annual summer vacation. With travel restrictions still in place for many traditional vacation spots, the Summer Road Trip is a popular alternative. Whether your ideal road trip takes you to the lake, the mountains, or on the famous Route 66, make sure your car is safe and road ready. This has been a trying year with many challenges. Many of us have been working from home instead of driving into the office. If your car has been idle for so long, do you still need to do your routine auto maintenance? Absolutely! Even if you have not racked up the miles, the time between oil changes is just as important. Before you start your summer road trip, make sure to do all the basic auto maintenance checks, including brakes, tires, and exhaust.   Routine Auto Maintenance: Time vs. Miles Automobile manufacturers spend a lot of time designing, testing and evaluating the components that go into your car. They take all that information and come up with a comprehensive maintenance schedule to keep them all working at their best. Then they give you that maintenance schedule in the form of suggestions...

I love my car. I love to drive on the open road with the wind in my hair and some great music on the radio. Getting to see the sights and enjoy the ride. Nothing can burst that happy bubble faster than an issue with my car. Is it a big thing or a little thing? Sometimes, it is hard to tell the difference. What should you do if you are dealing with car shaking, or steering wheel vibration? Well, there are a ton of possible reasons that can cause your car to shake, vibrate or wobble around. It could be a simple fix, like balancing your tires. It could also be a more complex issue, like your brakes, or even your suspension. Let’s take it a step at a time. Common Causes While this does not include every possible issue that could be a cause for your car shaking, vibrating, or wobbling, it does cover some fairly common ones. Steering Wheel Vibration The steering wheel is more than just a handy place to rest your hands. It is your main connection to your car and the road. The steering wheel can be the first place you notice when something feels, ‘off’ or weird...