Tire & Auto Repair Blog

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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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

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

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

Why Salted Roads Wreak Havoc On Steering, Suspension, and Brake Lines

Why Salted Roads Wreak Havoc On Steering, Suspension, and Brake Lines

While salt is used melt ice and snow on wintry roads here in Louisville, KY, your ASE-certified auto mechanics at Tony’s Brake & Alignment know salt also takes its toll on your vehicle, which sometimes require auto repair. That’s because the chemical composition of salt promotes corrosion (think rust), especially when salt is in the presence of moisture, whether snow, ice or slush. In fact, salt turns water slightly acidic, which compounds corrosion. Knowing where to look for corrosion and how to minimize or remedy damage is crucial to the safe, reliable and durable operation of your vehicle. According to AAA, road de-icing methods alone cause $3 billion vehicle damage annually. That’s a lot of auto repair in cold weather states. To keep your vehicle in tip-top operating condition, our Tony’s Brake & Alignment team of expert auto mechanics have the ongoing training, tools and equipment, as well as experience to help keep your auto repair costs to a mini ... read more

Best Road Trip Songs

Best Road Trip Songs

Tunes for a summertime — or heck, anytime — playlist are like mood music set to the season. Just like you, everyone at Tony’s Brake & Alignment here in Louisville likes music — from owner Robert Ohlmann to the service advisors to the ASE-certified auto mechanics who perform your auto repair and vehicle maintenance. A summertime playlist should include songs that draw you in like a siren and light up your imagination. The cool thing is anyone can put together a playlist using Google. Just type “summertime song playlists” into the search bar, press “enter” and watch the magic happen. Or, if you’re a do-it-yourselfer, your can use iTunes or any one of a host of online music apps to conjure up your own magic. So go ahead. Create your own personal list of the best songs your summertime road trip must have. Give it a try … Move yourself inside, while your vehicle moves you toward new memories. As an example, the office staff ... read more