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Brakes & ABS

Is a brake fluid change necessary? Yes, here are 3 reasons why

Q: My mechanic recommended I that get a brake fluid change or flush. Is this a necessary maintenance service? Why? A: Yes, a brake fluid change or brake fluid flush is an important maintenance service. Here’s why: Brake fluid actively absorbs water or moisture in the brake system. Changing the old fluid and replacing it…

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Parking brake warning light could mean brake fluid is low

There are a number of dashboard warning lights that can pop on at any minute. Everyone knows what the oil light and battery light are for, but a lot of them require pulling out the owners’ manual. In the coming months, we are going to take a look at different lights and what they stand…

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It’s time for Auto Lab Libertyville brake trivia!

This winter has been full of snow and ice. If you hit a slippery patch on the road and your car has anti-lock brakes, you should: A. Throw on the hazards and turn the steering wheel violently from side to side. B. Pump the brakes hard and fast to the beat of your favorite tune.…

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Why it seems like you need new rotors every brake service

Question: Traditionally, when I needed brake service, I’d go to Auto Lab and you would machine the brake rotors. Now, you usually say I need to replace the rotors. Why do I always need new rotors? Is it just faster that way? Answer: Those are great questions! It’s true that, until recently, machining or resurfacing the…

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Anti-lock brakes not working? It might be a broken vehicle speed sensor

Your car’s “Check Engine” or “Service Engine Soon” light can flash on for more than 1,400 different reasons, and in the coming months, we’re going to share with you what some of those reasons are. The light is part of your vehicle’s on-board diagnostics (OBD) system and can indicate anything from a quick fix like…

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Why a brake fluid flush could save you money down the road

Q: I saw a sign on an auto repair shop the other day advertising a special on brake fluid flushing. Is this something I should have done and if so, why? A: There are several reasons why brake fluid can lose some of its effectiveness (and we all know brakes have an incredibly important job).…

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