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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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Heat and Adventures Are Coming. Are You Ready?

Heat and Adventures Are Coming. Are You Ready?

Photo by Vitaly Sacred on Unsplash Heat and Adventures Are Coming. Are You Ready? Summer is officially here, and most of us are super excited to embark on new adventures this year. With many summer activities to pick from, we recommend that you don't forget about taking care of your car this summer.   The heat brings out people who love going on road trips, and with road trips comes planning. Even if you are not planning to take your car on adventures with you this summer, check out this helpful list of tips to prepare your vehicle for the summer. Getting Your Car Ready For Summer Listen to your brakes: Do you hear a grinding noise or feel your brakes vibrating when applying the brakes? That could signify you need new brakes and should take them in for an inspection to be safe. It is possible they don't need replacing just yet, and might just need something tweaked ... read more

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Buying Your First Car Soon? Here’s What You Need To Know

Buying Your First Car Soon? Here’s What You Need To Know

Photo by Christian Wiediger on Unsplash Buying Your First Car Soon? Here’s What You Need To Know When the time has come for you to buy your first car, it can seem overwhelming. We often see people buying their first car at a young age, so it is easy to assume they can easily make mistakes while buying that first car.   It is more important than ever to become financially responsible and avoid paying unnecessary fees that could happen when buying a first car. We have created a list of tips that are sure to help first car buyers get the most for their money! Our Tips When Buying a First Car Create a budget: Often, our first thought when buying a first car is going for our "dream" car. However, this is the wrong way of going about it ... read more

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It’s National Vehicle Maintenance Month!

It’s National Vehicle Maintenance Month!

Photo by Clément M. on Unsplash It’s National Vehicle Maintenance Month! Spring is here, and most of us are looking forward to the warmer weather that lies ahead. We tend to get our spring cleaning done during this time, but have you considered that your car might need some love too?   April is National Vehicle Maintenance Month, which means it is a great time to start thinking about what you can do to make your car love you! Our cars are a great investment, and if you want to maximize their life and save yourself in the long run, follow these great tips during National Vehicle Maintenance Month! Our Best Tips Clean Your Car: Cleaning your car can go such a long way because it is a great way to spot something ... read more

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Preventive Maintenance Practices For The Warm Season

Preventive Maintenance Practices For The Warm Season

Photo by Johannes Plenio on Unsplash Spring is the season where most want to get some spring cleaning done in preparation for the adventures that await in the warmer months ahead. Unfortunately, most of us fail to remember that our cars need as much attention and preparation as everything else in our lives.   When it comes to spring, our cars need to be checked out and looked at because, after the cold winter months, our cars could have undergone some changes that are hard to notice. We compiled helpful tips for you so you can keep your vehicle in its top performance for years to come!   Check your tires: Checking your tires goes much further than just checking for tire pressure. Our tires tend to put in more work during the winter months and therefore could be used up more than usual. If you plan on going into an auto shop, ask your mechanic to check for tire tread, which kee ... read more

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Movies For Hardcore Car Lovers

Movies For Hardcore Car Lovers

Photo by ArtisticOperations on Pixabay   Movies and cinema came along at the same time. It’s no small wonder that at some point along the way, we invented movie theaters where you can take your car. And cars have been an important part of cinema in all it’s genres– horror, comedy, action, espionage, science fiction, and even musicals!   Everyone has favorites, and we’ve been compiling a list of our favorites. Here’s a look at movies for hardcore car lovers!   Action - Gone In Sixty Seconds This remake still has some of the most amazing on-screen car scenes ever filmed.It’s a little silly, but it’s undeniably fun! https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=14Pl4U8NZog   Sports - Ford vs. Ferrari The tale about how a small team got Ford to the top of the international ... read more

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The Winter Fuel Economy And How To Improve Yours

The Winter Fuel Economy And How To Improve Yours

Photo by Matt Collamer on Unsplash   Although the Bluegrass state is not exactly the place you picture when it comes to cold weather, the winter in Kentucky is still authentic, and it can take its toll on your fuel economy for various reasons. In this article, we'll explore a couple of ways to reduce the effect of the cold on your vehicle through creativity, ingenuity, and caution.   Stop Car Idling: Leaving your car idling for too long to warm up for a short or long trip is never a good idea. Your engine is good to go after 30 seconds anyway, and everything after that time mark is both overkill and quite dangerous for your fuel economy. Plus, there's the fact that you are contributing to the global carbon f ... read more

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Let’s Make Sure Your Windshield Wipers Are Ready for Winter

Let’s Make Sure Your Windshield Wipers Are Ready for Winter

Photo by Charles Loyer on Unsplash   It's time for the windshield wipers! Winter is coming, and our windshield wipers will play a vital role in our safety on the road. Now might be the time to prepare a new fluid or even change the wipers themselves. Here's a checklist that you can guide yourself by:    Make sure that you have the proper windshield washer fluid. Winter temperatures require a different kind of washer fluid than the one you use all year. The washer fluid should be one with a low freezing temperature. That's crucial because if your washer fluid freezes, it'll damage your reservoir and even lead to the washer pump overheating, rendering it gone for good.   You probably should rep ... read more

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Is Your Vehicle Ready for Holiday Road Trips?

Is Your Vehicle Ready for Holiday Road Trips?

Photo by Tim Mossholder on Unsplash   So it's finally time. The road trip you have been waiting for since the beginning of this exciting year. Do you think you are ready for it? Even if we have taken the most measures by all accounts, we can still allow simple mistakes to slip up and ruin our experience on the road. In this article, our goal is to help you prevent that slip-up and ensure a smooth and fun trip for your family and yourself.    Thorough check-up and preventive maintenance - Let us ask you this: Are you sure you've taken all the measures? It's not significant malfunctions that cause drivers headaches on their trip, but minor mistakes.    You should always check your tires, fl ... read more

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The Most Important Services For Your Vehicle

The Most Important Services For Your Vehicle

Photo by Barthelemy de Mazenod on Unsplash   Car maintenance is a journey in and of itself. Some drivers (especially beginners) however, can get bogged down into all of the details and overthink certain minor aspects of cars and underrate other major aspects. In this article, we’ll present to you the hands-down most important car services to hopefully help you calm down! There’s nothing to fear in car maintenance! Trust us, we do it every day!   Oil Change Consistently An engine is the heart of your vehicle and the oil is its blood. An engine will break down if there’s not enough oil or it's dirty. Use your vehicle owner’s manual to figure out how often you should change your oil, but the rule o ... read more

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Top Labor Day Road Trip Ideas For The Adventurous Driver

Top Labor Day Road Trip Ideas For The Adventurous Driver

Photo by Holly Mandarich on Unsplash Summer may be ending, but that does not mean that the adventure has to end! Labor Day is a perfect opportunity for you to set up an exciting road trip with your family. In this article, we’ll explore the 5 best places in Kentucky that will quench your thirst for adventure!   1. Red River Gorge - The Grand Canyon of Kentucky, besides being designated as a National Natural Landmark, is also an adventurer’s paradise. It's complicated system of waterfalls, natural bridges and rock shelters is considered a hiking and rock-climbing paradise, with the Gorge considered one of the world’s to ... read more

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