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Monthly Archives: June 2017

Let’s Talk About Your Brakes

Let’s Talk About Your Brakes

Either unusual brake noise or pedal pulsations are signs for Terre Haute residents that there are brake problems with their vehicle. Terre Haute residents should have a certified technician at Finzel's Mastertech check their brakes thoroughly and recommend any steps necessary to correct the problem. A regular brake inspection is on every vehicle's recommended list. Ask your friendly and knowledgeable Finzel's Mastertech service advisor for a FREE brake inspection. Your brakes are extremely important as you drive around Terre Haute IN. Having good brakes just keeps you out of trouble. You'll want to carefully maintain your brakes. With disc brakes, brake pads rub on a disc - or rotor - to slow the wheels. The brake pads are attached to a caliper that squeezes the pads against the rotor. It's kind of like how squeezing the handbrake on a bicycle pushes the brake pads against the wheel of the bike. Now pads just wear away with use - kind of like a pencil eraser wears out. The good new ... read more

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How important is it to keep up on oil changes and maintenance?

How important is it to keep up on oil changes and maintenance?

Anything you can do to reduce friction and increase the efficiency of your engine will translate directly into fuel savings and lower repair costs. By properly maintain engine oil and transmission fluid and checking tire pressure and alignment you will reduce friction and increase your engine efficiency. With today vehicles requiring less frequent service, it is very important to make sure the proper oil is being used and that your service is on time. A 3 month checkup regardless of mileage is a good recommendation to insure all systems are in good order. And don't forget to rotate you tires and have your brakes inspected at the same time. Making sure your scheduled maintenance is up to date also insures your vehicles manufacture warranty stays in effect

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My check engine light is on. My mechanic told me it’s no big deal and will probably just keep coming on. It seems to run fine, what do you think I should do?

My check engine light is on. My mechanic told me it’s no big deal and will probably just keep coming on. It seems to run fine, what do you think I should do?

The check engine light or service engine soon like comes on when the computer recognizes an emissions failure. This can affect fuel economy up to 30%. When the check engine light is flashing the computer is recognizing a misfire which and even cost you more. Whenever your check engine light comes on you should have your vehicle check by a trained technician that understands how these systems work. Don't delay emission problems result in poor combustion of fuel and increase carbon buildup, which is harmful to your engine. Ignoring the check engine light means you won't be aware of other problems that come about and might increase overall repair cost in the end

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How do I know when I need a wheel alignment?

How do I know when I need a wheel alignment?

When your wheels are properly aligned they all point in the same direction. When they are out of alignment, most drivers notice a couple of things. First the vehicle pulls to one side when driving. It could be slight or pretty severe. If your wheels have been out of alignment for a while, you'll also start to see excessive tirewear. Popping and knocking noises along with squeaks are signs of worn front end parts which will cause alignment issues and possible safety concerns. All of these indicators require an immediate alignment inspection. It is a good idea to have your vehicle's alignment check once a year to extend the life of your tires and reduce rolling resistance which will lead to increased fuel economy

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