Welcome to our blog! Tony’s Brake & Alignment strives to provide an auto repair blog that is interesting and shines a spotlight on the communities around the Louisville region. Please visit us each month to see helpful information from our auto mechanics, excellent road trip ideas, advice about fleet service, and so forth. You never know what you might learn in the monthly blog articles of Tony’s Brake & Alignment in Louisville!

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Why Are Spring Rains So Dangerous In Louisville?

Why Are Spring Rains So Dangerous In Louisville?

Even though winter may be almost over, Mother Nature certainly isn't finished -- Louisville is notorious for it's Spring rains. In fact, Kentucky is the third most dangerous state for driving in the rain. We all heard of the saying, "April showers bring May flowers," and March is the perfect time for a reminder of how wet and rainy Louisville can genuinely get.  A national safety organization, SafeWise, analyzed the number of fatal car crashes caused by the rain, and the results were alarming -- Kentucky had 67 fatal car crashes caused by the rain in 2016. Only Mississippi and Arkansas ranked higher than Kentucky. The team at Tony's Brake & Alignment is here to remind of several simple steps to take when driving or preparing to drive in our potentially dangerous Spring rains:  Before driving anywhere, make sure to clear any ice and snow from your windows.  Make sure you always turn on your headlights and taillights for visibility.  When ... read more

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It’s The Little Things: 10 Ways To Show Your Loved Ones You

It’s The Little Things: 10 Ways To Show Your Loved Ones You

Valentine’s Day is right around the corner! Even though Valentine’s Day is the perfect time to show your loved ones just how much you care, there are certain things you can do throughout the year to show just how much that special someone means to you. Even the smallest act goes a long way.  The team at Tony’s Brake & Alignment proposes starting small -- it is the little things that go a long way. Here are ten ways to show your loved ones you care:  Fill up your sweetheart’s gas tank. This may seem small, but it goes a long way to show that you love and appreciate everything your special someone does for you.  Clean your loved one’s car’s interior. Get out that vacuum and clean out all those pesky crumbs.  Clean your sweetheart’s car’s exterior. Break out the car wash kit and get going. Imagine your loved one stepping into the garage and seeing a clean car ready to go!  How about a detailing service? If y ... read more

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A New Year & A New Focus On Money

A New Year & A New Focus On Money

The team at Tony’s Brake & Alignment would like to wish you a safe and healthy New Year! We can’t believe how fast the year has gone by, and we look forward to seeing each of you in the New Year. We appreciate your ongoing support, and we are excited to see what 2021 holds for us.  We aren’t sure what 2021 will bring us, which means for many of us, we are expecting to be watching our budget very closely. Because the New Year means a fresh start, we thought it would be smart and beneficial to have a new, renewed focus on money this year. When it comes to your vehicle, the first step to saving money is preventative maintenance.  Your vehicle is one of the most important and expensive investments you will make in your lifetime. Just think of how much you rely on your car. It is a huge part of your everyday life, so it makes sense to protect such a precious investment and asset. To ensure the longevity and driveability of your vehicle, preventative mainten ... read more

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Is Your Vehicle Prepared For Winter?

Is Your Vehicle Prepared For Winter?

Winter is quickly approaching! We can’t believe how fast the year flew by. It seems like just yesterday we were celebrating Easter. With winter almost here, we might find ourselves starting to plan the holidays while being mindful of COVID-19. With the hustle and bustle of the holidays, we might forget about the health and safety of your vehicle. Just like how you have to prepare for winter, your vehicle does too. The team at Tony’s Brake & Alignment is here to help ensure your vehicle is ready for winter!  To make sure your vehicle is ready for winter, our technicians will pay close attention to the following components, as they will be working extra hard during the winter:  Windshield wipers: When we think of auto repair, we tend to think of our brakes, tires, or even transmission, but our windshield wipers are also crucial to our overall safety on the road. Just imagine you are driving in the rain, and your windshield wipers aren’t working properly ... read more

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Why Is Wheel Alignment So Important?

Your vehicle is made up of various systems and components. For a safe and comfortable drive, each of these systems and components should perform in top condition. From your wheels to lights, each component plays a vital role in your vehicle's overall performance. At Tony's Brake & Alignment, we would like to emphasize the importance of a wheel alignment. Sometimes, it can be easy to forget about your wheels compared to your brakes or transmission. Still, a wheel alignment service is essential in preserving your vehicle's safety, driveability, and longevity.  What exactly is wheel alignment? When we say wheel alignment, we are referring to an adjustment of your vehicle's suspension or the system that connects your vehicle to its wheel. Essentially, it is not an adjustment to your tires or even wheels. We will adjust your tires' angle through your vehicle's suspension system, which ultimately affects how your tires and wheels connect with the road. Typic ... read more

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How Do You Repair Brakes? Let Our Auto Repair Team Handle It For You.

How do you repair brakes? Let the auto repair team at Tony's Brake & Alignment count the ways… Brake repair and service is among our well-known specialties. Remember that old phrase, "How do you do that voodoo you do so well?" If you need a reminder, here's a fun version of that catchphrase from the film, Blazing Saddles: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=jS_Shu8y0sI&ab_channel=SaturdayNightLive <iframe width="560" height="315" src="https://www.youtube.com/embed/jS_Shu8y0sI" frameborder="0" allow="accelerometer; autoplay; clipboard-write; encrypted-media; gyroscope; picture-in-picture" allowfullscreen></iframe> All kidding aside, we understand that your vehicle's brakes are the number one safety feature. If you and your passengers want to avoid collisions, correctly operating braking systems are paramount. For three generations, Tony's Brake & Alignment has provided high-quality ... read more

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Why American Families Take More Advantage of 3-Day Weekends & Road Trips During The Pandemic

Why American Families Take More Advantage of 3-Day Weekends & Road Trips During The Pandemic

Photo by Emmy Gaddy on Unsplash While the COVID pandemic has turned our world upside-down and created a "new normal" for many of us, some silver linings have emerged from the crisis. In this month's blog, the team at Tony's Brake & Alignment in Louisville, KY, wants to highlight one of these silver linings: Why American families take more advantage of 3-day weekends and road trips during the pandemic. The COVID era has changed the way we work, and we socialize, learn, and communicate. Social distancing, the caution around being face-to-face and in-person with others, has moved many people toward video conferencing options. Video conference calls allow people to work from home, attend online classes, and socialize wi ... read more

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How To Prepare Your Vehicle For Winter Travel

How To Prepare Your Vehicle For Winter Travel

Winter road trips present unique travel challenges that Tony’s Brake & Alignment helps customers and their referrals in or near Louisville, KY, prepare for. As your local NAPA AutoCare Center and Michelin Alliance Dealer, our ASE-certified auto mechanics believe safe travel in cold weather, free of avoidable auto repair, is actually a partnership between our customers and the shop’s ASE-certified auto mechanics. “Preparation and planning are the keys to a perfect Winter trip,” advises Robert Ohlmann, the third generation owner of Tony’s Brake & Alignment. When Ben Franklin suggested, “An ounce of prevention is worth a pound of cure,” he may have been talking about Winter travel. Back then, it was horse and buggies, but that wisdom applies to the herds of horses in automobiles today. In addition to handling the driving, travellers face the risks of being stuck in the snow, being delayed or stranded should roads be closed while enroute ... read more

Top Reasons You Should Bring Your Recreational Vehicle to Tony’s Brake & Alignment

Top Reasons You Should Bring Your Recreational Vehicle to Tony’s Brake & Alignment

If you’re looking for RV maintenance serviced or auto repair in the Louisville area, you need look no further than Tony’s Brake & Alignment. Motorhome, travel van, fifth wheel, trailer or camper — the ASE-certified auto mechanics at Tony’s Brake & Alignment are willing, able and ready to provide expert care for your home away from home. Your RV is designed to be enjoyed, so if something goes wrong, it can be a huge disappointment. From major repairs to routine maintenance, the auto technicians at Tony’s Brake & Alignment, a NAPA AutoCare Center, have the training, tooling, equipment and expertise you can count on for hassle-free RVing. From diagnostics to wiring to safety-critical RV systems, such as brakes, alignment, suspension or other RV systems, we’ve got your back, and our customer service and website reviews show how much we care. “We put people before money,” says Robert Ohlmann, the third-generation owner of Tony&rs ... read more

Gifts Ideas for Car Lovers

Gifts Ideas for Car Lovers

Looking for a unique gift idea for a car lover you know? It’s interesting how often that conversation comes up here at in Louisville at Tony’s Brake & Alignment, when our customers in Louisville, Shepherdsville, Shelbyville, and other nearby communities chat with our shop’s service advisors and auto mechanics while getting vehicle service or auto repair performed. That’s because Tony’s Brake & Alignment cares about people before their money. We’ve built a customer service reputation that demonstrates this. We understand it’s not always about auto repair. Often our conversations and service are about the more important things in life — weddings, births, graduations, and other reasons to celebrate. Tony’s Brake & Alignment is uniquely positioned in the Louisville market. Our ASE-certified auto mechanics service all makes and models of vehicles here, including light-duty passenger vehicles, medium- and heavy-duty trucks ... read more