Important Brake Maintenance Facts You Need to Know

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.

How to Keep a New Year’s Resolution

Each January, many of us set resolutions that we want to accomplish by the end of the year. However, even after just a few months, more than half of us have already given up. If you really want to succeed, here are a few tips on how to keep a New Year’s resolution.

  • Set SMART goals. Make your resolution Specific, Measurable, Achievable, Relevant, and Time-bound. This means, don’t set vague goals like, “I want to save money.” Instead, try something like, “I will save $100 each month.”
  • Make a plan. Figure out how you are going to save that money, or lose that weight, by laying out a plan and timeline. For example, you will take $50 from each paycheck and put it into a savings account.
  • Don’t give up. If you find you are missing your goals, don’t give up. Reevaluate your plan and make any needed adjustments. Aim for smaller, more manageable goals. Try saving $20 per paycheck instead of $50, for instance.
  • Get support. Talk to family and friends to see what their goals are. Find ways to encourage and support each other, especially if you have similar goals.

Here at Midland Buick GMC Cadillac, we hope everyone has a fantastic 2018 and if you are looking for a new car this year, please come visit us.

Four Tips for Spring Cleaning

Four Tips for Spring Cleaning

Spring symbolizes rebirth and fresh starts, which is why this season has cleaning and organization on everyone’s mind. If you’re looking to get your surroundings in order, check out some of our favorite spring cleaning tips from Midland Buick GMC Cadillac.

 

Remove Out-of-Reach Dust

Thanks to all of the beautiful new blooms and pollen, spring can be a rough time of year for those with allergies. Don’t let dust add to that issue. Spend a day cleaning hard-to-reach places like the tops of door frames, ceiling fans, and book shelves.

 

Use Your Dishwasher

This hard-working machine doesn’t have to be just for dishes. Fill yours with things like light fixtures, vases, toys, or anything else that could benefit from a gentle rinse.

 

Remove Dust from Upholstery

The quickest way to get rid of dirt, fur, dust, and debris is by using rubber gloves. Run your gloved hands under water, pat them dry so that they’re damp, and then run your hands over chairs, couches and rugs to collect debris.

 

Clean Around Your Stove

Use special degreasing kitchen cleaner to scrub away the grease that has built up from cooking. People are more likely to cook if their kitchen is clean and welcoming. With fresh spring and summer produce lingering on the horizon, there’s no better time than now to get that stovetop ready.