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Top Reasons Your Brakes Should Never Be Ignored

Top Reasons Your Brakes Should Never Be Ignored

“We want to make sure you can stop safely before you go anywhere,” says our own Robert Ohlmann, the third generation owner of Tony’s Brake & Alignment here in Louisville, KY. Whether brakes, alignments, tires or other auto repair, our team of ASE-certified auto mechanics cares about customers’ safety and delivering honest, ethical customer service. Read the reviews of customers form Shepherdsville, Shelbyville, and other communities near our Louisville location, or chat with your fellow neighbors when you visit our shop. It’s what we do. Having adequate braking force when and where you need it is critical. Designed to enable you to safely slow or stop your vehicle, modern brake systems involve a complex array of parts, sensors and fluids, connected and controlled by a mix of mechanical, electronic and hydraulic means. When a driver pushes on the brake pedal, that action exerts pressure that moves a piston inside the master brake cylinder, which forces ... read more

Wheel Bearings

We had a customer call in with a question last week and thought we would share it.   Question: I remember my dad having the shop “pack the bearings” on the family car. Is this something I need to have done? Tony's Brake and Alignment Answer: That's a really good question. At one time, all wheel bearings were “serviceable” and needed to be taken care of from time to time. It's a little trickier these days. First off, the wheel bearings in your vehicle make sure your wheels rotate smoothly. As you can imagine, with all those revolutions per minute your wheels can generate a lot of heat. The bearings keep that heat down as much as possible. They're packed in grease for lubrication. The term “packing the bearings” refers to putting fresh grease around the bearings. On many modern vehicles, the wheel ... read more

Brakes

Your brakes are extremely important as you drive around . 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 news is that replacing brake pads is a straight-forward repair. If you hear squealing or grinding when you use the brakes, have your service advisor check them out. He'll have a technician perform a thorough brake inspection to see what needs to be done. He'll check for signs of brake problems and go over other brake components to see tha ... read more

Alignments

It's no surprise that your vehicle will drive better in the area if all the wheels are pointed in the same direction. That's called wheel alignment. If your wheels are out of alignment you may notice that your vehicle pulls to one side or the other. Something that you won't notice right away, but you will if you keep driving around when you're out of alignment, is that your tires are wearing unevenly and fairly quickly.. That's because when the vehicle is pulling to one side, you have to steer it back straight. The outside of the tire just wears out fast because you're constantly turning, which can be very exhausting on a long road trip from the area – fighting to keep the vehicle going straight down the road. Some of the things that commonly throw a wheel out of alignment are slamming into a pothole in , smacking a curb in or something like a rock in . And it doesn't have to ... read more

Rotation and Balance

You can make your vehicle tires last longer with regular tire rotation and wheel balancing. Let's start with tire rotation. In normal driving around , your front tires wear more on the shoulders because they handle much of the cornering forces in turns. Front-wheel drive vehicles have even more force on the front tires. We rotate the tires so that all of the tires do some duty on the front end as well as getting a little break on the back end. That way, all four tires wear more evenly over their life and last longer. For most vehicles in , tires are rotated front to back. Some manufacturers recommend a cross rotational pattern that includes the spare tire, and some high-performance vehicles have different size tires on the front and rear and may even have uni-directional tires that can only be on the left or the right side of the vehicle. Your service ... read more

Tony's Brake & Alignment - Web Announcement

Tony’s Brake & Alignment was founded in 1963. Located at 4800 Poplar Level Road in Louisville, this automotive tire and service specialist has been serving the communities of Shepherdsville, Shelbyville and Louisville. Tony’s Brake & Alignment now offers customers a variety of products and services on the Internet, which has enabled the business to reach even more customers from the areas they currently serve. Visit Tony’s Brake & Alignment online today for more information. Searching for a new set of tires for your passenger car, light truck or SUV can be nothing short of a headache. By visiting Tony’s Brake & Alignment online, all the guesswork and headache is taken out of that search. Use their online tire size finder to locate the tires you want and need. If you need quality automotive service or preventive maintenance services, check out Tony’s Brake & Alignment automotive database to find the repair or service you’ve been looking for. If you don’t see what you ne ... read more

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