There are quite a few regular maintenance steps you need to do to keep your vehicle running well for all the miles ahead. You probably have the big ones down: oil changes, tire rotations, tune-ups. But what about your brakes?
When was the last time you had them checked out or replaced by a skilled professional technician like our service staff here at Midland Buick GMC? The time might be now to pay us a visit for quality, customer-first brake maintenance.
If you’re not sure whether you need new brakes or not, here are a few things to look out for:
Do you feel your car pull or move to one side when you hit the brakes? This is referred to as “pulling” and is a sign you may need new brakes.
If your steering wheel or entire car starts to pulsate or vibrate when you brake, you probably need new brakes. Vibrating can mean you are driving on over worn rotors, decreasing your vehicle’s roadworthiness and safety.
If you hear a harsh metallic growl or squeal sound when you brake, your brakes are grinding and it is imperative to have your brakes examined and replaced as soon as possible.
Contact us at Midland Buick GMC if you are worried about your brakes.
We are entering the time of year when more and more children are taking to the sidewalk, exiting buses, and crossing streets on their way to school, so it is a relief to learn about the extra steps to protect pedestrians Buick is taking in 2018.
If an accident occurs between a pedestrian and vehicle, it can often cause major injury or, in some cases, death, due to the extremely vulnerable position of the pedestrian. In fact, 15 percent of fatalities involving a car in the United States are due to pedestrian impacts. The new Active Hood Pedestrian Safety System, available in the 2018 Buick Regal GS, aims to make these types of tragedies a thing of the past.
Active Hood Pedestrian Safety System
The Active Hood Pedestrian Safety System works by deploying the hood away from the rock-hard engine components in the event of an accident, greatly decreasing the level of impact between the pedestrian and the most dangerous part of the vehicle. Essentially, the system functions like an external airbag or cushion. The Active Hood Pedestrian Safety System is able to achieve split-second responsiveness thanks to advanced sensors placed in the front bumper of the Buick Regal GS.
Taking steps to protect pedestrians is important, and Midland Buick GMC is proud to provide vehicles to our customers which increase the overall safety of our communities.
It’s just about time to breathe a sigh of relief, parents, because the school year is almost back. While a return to the routine of the school can take a load off the mind, it does bring back some old stressors, like successful transportation to and from school, after-school activities, weekend events, and more.
Midland Buick GMC is here to help: here are four things parents should keep in the car all school year long!
Sooner or later, something will spill. Be ready with a variety of towels both large and small.
You’ve sopped up the aforementioned mess with a towel, but what if it was a sticky juice or slushy treat? Have some moist wipes ready to take care of sticky messes on seats, windows, and faces before they get out of hand.
Ask one of your kiddos how their day at school went, and there’s a good chance that they’ll simply respond, “I’m hungry.” Be ready for their after-school “starvation” with some on-hand non-perishable snacks.
Who really knows how boo-boos occur, but they sure do occur often. Of all the things parents should keep in the car, Band-Aids may be the most simple and essential. Go ahead and throw some in your purse too, if you carry one!
Summer is upon us, and it’s time to venture out from home and explore with the family. The warm weather and long days of summer present the perfect opportunity to set out on a summer road trip, exploring the region you call home or venturing out further across the states. Before you do so, however, you should make sure your car is ready to hit the road and travel for long distances in the heat. Here are a few tips on how to get your car ready for summer road trips.
Before you leave, check your vehicle’s oil and fluid levels:
These simple checks go a long way. Perhaps get an oil change before you set out, and make sure you have adequate amounts of windshield wiper fluid and antifreeze/coolant.
Check tire treads, pressure, and consider getting your tires rotated:
The condition of your vehicle’s tires affect your vehicle’s overall performance, so you will want to check them before setting out. Check the tires’ treads to make sure they’re not too worn, check your tire pressure – which can affect your vehicle’s handling, control, and efficiency, and get your tires rotated if you have routine maintenance performed at the shop before you depart.
Have an emergency plan and extra supplies:
Pack extra water and have an emergency plan in place in case something goes awry. For instance, make sure to have power cords for your devices, so you can keep them charged up and make calls, and an idea of what you’d do if you have to stop.
If you’re worried about your ride being able to handle a long road trip, bring it in to the Midland Buick GMC Service Department or contact our sales team to find a better option.
After your tires, your brakes are the most important safety feature on your car. What good is a 250-horsepower engine if you can’t bring it to a stop? To preserve the safety of your vehicle and the life of your brakes, it is important to have your brakes inspected regularly. Check your owner’s manual for a recommended service schedule.
There are a few ways to determine if your brakes need some attention. The first is if you hear any squealing sounds coming from your brakes. Most brakes have a built-in safety feature that causes the brakes to squeal when the pads are getting too low. Another reason to have your brakes checked is if you feel any pulsing or vibrations while braking. If your vehicle pulls to the left or right when coming to a stop, that is another sign.
Ignoring your brakes can lead to excessive brake pad wear. This in turn can reduce your brakes’ stopping power, damage your brake rotors, and lead to increased repair costs.
Certified technicians here at Midland Buick GMC Cadillac can quickly determine the health of your brakes using a simple brake pad wear guide that indicates the thickness of the brake pads and whether or not they need to be replaced.
When the time comes to replace your brake pads, make sure you choose genuine General Motors brake pads. These pads are designed to fit your GM vehicle and perform exactly as the original brake did. They are also made using high-quality materials that have been proven to provide superior braking performance. These pads will also help reduce overall wear on your brake rotors and are backed by a 12-month unlimited mileage warranty.
If you have any concern about how your brakes are performing, or just want to have them inspected for peace of mind, bring your car in to us here at Midland Buick GMC Cadillac and we’ll make sure your brakes are performing they way they should be.