Signs Your Chevy Needs New Brake Pads

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You love your Chevrolet SUV and all that it does for you and your family. Show your appreciation by staying on top of its maintenance. One of the most important maintenance tasks that you do not want to skip is replacing the brake pads. Here are five signs that your car needs new ones.

  1. Squealing noise. This is the most tell-tale sign you need new brake pads. Most brake pads are designed with a “wear indicator” that makes a high-pitched squealing noise when the brake pads are getting too thin.
  2. Long stop time. If you notice it is taking longer to come to a complete stop than it used to, it could be your brake pads. This problem is known as brake fade.
  3. Pulling to one side when braking. If your Chevy is pulling towards one side of the road when you apply the brakes, you should have your vehicle checked as soon as possible. This could be a sign of uneven wear on your brake pads.
  4. Vibrating brake pedal. If stepping on the brake pedal sends shockwaves up through your leg, your brakes may have a “glazing” issue. This is when the resin adhesive is not uniformly distributed across the brake pad.
  5. Clicking sound. Sometimes your brake pads get become loose. When that happens, you might hear a clicking noise when you press or release the brake pedal.

Need new brake pads? We can replace them at Sour Lake Chevrolet — just schedule an appointment with our service center.

Ways to Save on Car Expenses in 2021

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Cultivating smarter financial habits is a worthwhile goal to have for the new year. Here are some tips to help you save on car expenses in 2021.

Focus on Maintenance

Keeping your car in good running condition will keep you safe and it will save you money in the long run. Take it to the dealership for regular servicing to stay ahead of big repair bills. Be sure to schedule these services regularly:

  • Tune-ups — Keeping your car tuned improves gas mileage by 25 percent.
  • Oil Changes — Getting an oil change every 3,000 miles will extend the life of your engine and save money on repairs.
  • Change Filters — Oil filters are changed when the oil is replaced, but people often neglect the air filter. Keeping the filters clean helps extend the life of the engine and boosts gas mileage.
  • Check fluids — Coolant, transmission fluid, brake and clutch fluids should be checked to keep them at appropriate levels.

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Using the right tires and taking care of them can save you a lot of money. Keep these tips in mind as you drive around Sour Lake, Texas.

  • Buy steel-belted radials tend to get better gas mileage.
  • Check the inflation regularly to improve fuel economy (and traction).
  • Have tires balanced once a year. Unbalanced tires case wear on shock absorbers and the suspension system.

Call us at Sour Lake Chevrolet if you have any questions about vehicle maintenance or need to schedule a service appointment for your Chevy.