OIL & BRAKE CHECKS

Oil changes and brake checks that contribute to the maintenance of your vehicle and ensuring safety for you and your passengers.

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OIL CHANGES

In order for your vehicle to perform at it's absolute best, you must keep up with oil changes to keep your vehicle running smoothly. At Formula One Autosport we ensure quick and painless oil changes, schedule an appointment in advance, or walk-in at your leisure and wait while your vehicle is tended to. 

Why should you receive an oil change?

Oil overtime starts to breakdown due to high operating temperature. When this starts to happen the oil becomes increasingly less effective as a lubricant. Lack of a good lubricant will cause parts of the engine to abrade, wearing each other out.  Oil also has incorporated additives that have the capability to neutralize acids. These additives get used up over time and stop being effective. Oil is also used to absorb water, dust and combustion byproducts, while keeping them in suspension. Eventually, the oil gets overly saturated with these harmful debris and can't absorb any more. If that happens, these unwanted substances will remain inside the engine and can cause corrosion.

Don't neglect your oil.

If you do not receive routine oil changes your engine will not last nearly as long as it could. Ignoring the signs that your car needs an oil change can result in internal damage to your car, which can be expensive to fix if not maintained. Oil is relatively inexpensive, and changing your oil every 3,000 to 5,000 miles is very cheap alternative than dealing with major repairs down the road.

Signs of low Oil:

  • The warning light of the engine oil pressure starts to flash

  • The vehicle makes a knocking noise when start/run

  • Shaking while idling

  • Engine overheat

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Brake checks

It is crucial to make sure your vehicle's braking system is working to it's fullest potential as it is a direct attribute to your safety. If your brakes are showing signs of wear or are starting to fail, you need this problem to be fixed right away. At Formula One Autosport trust us to repair or replace your brakes to get you back on the road as soon as possible, whether it be new brake components or just a brake fluid flush. 

What to Listen and look for.

Listen, if your hear a high-pitched screeching sound when you applied your brakes that is a small metal shim, called an indicator, which is giving you an audible warning that your brake pads need to be replaced.

Look at your brake pads through the spaces between the wheel's spokes. The outside pad will be pressed against a metal rotor. Generally, there should be at least 1/4 inch of pad. If you see less than 1/4 inch of pad, you may want to have your brake pads inspected or replaced.

Don't neglect your brakes.

For many owners, maintaining the vehicle's brakes is something that is often overlooked. But keeping your brakes properly calibrated and in good working order can prevent costly repairs down the line, and, more importantly, help you avoid a collision.

Other signs your brakes need service.

Reduced responsiveness or fading
If your the pedal "sinks" toward the floor, this could be an indication of a leak in the braking system. It could be an air leak (in the brake hose) or a brake fluid leak.

Pulling
If your vehicle "pulls" to one side while braking, it may be a sign that the brake linings are wearing unevenly or that there is foreign matter in the brake fluid. Your vehicle may need a brake adjustment or to have the fluid drained and replaced.

Grinding
This loud metallic sound means that you have worn down the pads completely, most likely beyond replacement. The grinding or growling noise is caused by the two pieces of metal rubbing together. This can scratch your rotors, creating an uneven surface.

Vibration
A vibration or pulsating brake pedal is often a symptom of warped rotors (but can also indicate that your vehicle is out of alignment). Warped rotors are caused by severe braking for long periods, such as when driving down a steep mountain or when towing. Tremendous amounts of friction are created under these conditions, heating up the rotors and causing them to warp. The vibration is felt because the brake pads are not able to grab the surface evenly. If you drive in these conditions, make sure to stop periodically to allow your brakes to cool off.

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