Do You Know When Your Brakes Need a Little TLC?

We cant stress enough the importance of routine brake inspections! Executive director of Car Car Council, Rich White, stated “When it comes to vehicle safety, the brake system is at the top of the list, so have your brakes checked by an auto service professional at least once a year. Knowing the key warning signs that your brakes may need maintenance will go a long way toward keeping you and others safe on the road.”

But how do you know when you should get your brakes checked? Below, we have listed seven signs that your brakes need to be inspected.

Noise: screeching, grinding or clicking noises when applying the brakes.7 signs to inspect brakes

Pulling: vehicle pulls to one side while braking.

Low Pedal: brake pedal nearly touches the floor before engaging.

Hard Pedal: must apply extreme pressure to the pedal before brakes engage.

Grabbing: brakes grab at the slightest touch to the pedal.

Vibration: brake pedal vibrates or pulses, even under normal braking conditions.

Light: brake light is illuminated on your vehicle’s dashboard.

If you have encountered any of these signs, schedule your appointment here, and our technicians will switch your breaks and get you back on the road!

Where Are the Best Gas Prices Around Pittsburgh?

We enjoyed a drop in fuel prices a couple of months ago around the Pittsburgh and North Huntingdon areas, only to see it slowly creeping up again.

And while many of you drive our fuel-efficient Kia Optima and Optima Hybrid, Mitsubishi Mirage, Chrysler 200, Ford Focus, and more, climbing gas prices are always a sore sight.

But don’t let these hikes pinch your wallet; check out AAA’s fuel finder tool, which can be used to find the lowest gas prices around you.

Browse our inventory here, and check out AAA’s fuel finder tool for yourself at http://aaa.opisnet.com/index.aspx!

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Become a Master Technician with These How-To Videos

Do you need help checking your tire pressure? What about changing your cabin air filter? If so, you’ve come to the right place! Our master technician, Johnathan, is here with quick and easy how to tips on common car questions. Click the videos below and find out how to become a master technician yourself! If you haven’t mastered the craft, and need to make a service appointment, click here, and we can do it for you! We’re always looking for suggestions! Leave your car questions in the comments below!

Tips for Driving in the Dark

As darkness falls, so does your ability to see on the road. Your depth perception, ability to distinguish color, and peripheral vision are all worse in low-light conditions. That’s why we’re bringing to you 5 tips on driving in the dark!

Dim Your Instrument Panel and Dash Lights
Did you know that if you drive around with the dash light on max, you can be compromising your forward vision? That’s why cars come equipped with dashboard dimmer switches. Racers take nighttime driving very seriously- in fact, endurance racers and rally drivers cover their dashboards with black felt to avoid stray reflections.

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Know What to Look for
On dark back roads, animals are everywhere. An encounter between wildlife and your car can result in injury, to both your car and the animal. A quick tip: You can often see the reflections of your headlights in an animal’s eyes long before you can see the animal itself. If you see pairs of tiny bright spots in the distance, this is a warning that an animal is in front of you or down the road.

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Don’t Stare at Oncoming Lights
This may seem like a no-brainier, but bright lights can seriously disrupt your concentration at night. Inside the car, your eyes are used to the dim glow of the instrument panel and the dark road ahead. When an oncoming car’s headlights are gleaming, it is easy to become distracted without even realizing it. Turn your gaze away from other lights on the road, and don’t look at oncoming high beams.

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Wipe down Your Windshield with Newspaper
Windshields that appear clean during the day may reveal streaks that can cause glare at night. A detailer’s trick is to polish glass with newspaper to remove residue. Try not to touch the inside surfaces of your windshield, side windows, or mirrors with your hands, even if it is to wipe off mist. The oil from your skin will smear, and light will glare when it shines through any place where you touched the glass.

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Clean and Adjust Your Exterior Mirrors
Dirty mirrors reflect the lights from cars behind you in a wider, diffused shape that can produce glare in your eyes, so we suggest you give your mirrors a wipe down frequently. Aim your exterior mirrors so that you can move your head out of the path of lights reflected in them.

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Do you know any other tips for driving in the dark? Share them with us below!