The Different Kind of Brake Noises and What they Mean

April 17th, 2014

When most people think of brake noises, they just think of one: SQUEAKK. A squeaking or squealing sound is definitely the traditional bad brake sound, but if you listen closely, you’ll hear that brakes actually make some distinct sounds, that mean different things based on when they occur. In this week’s blog, we’ll talk about the different kind of noises brakes make, and what they mean.

The No Brake Squeak

This one can be confusing, because it happens when you’re not braking as opposed to when you are braking. You’re not going crazy, some brakes are actually meant to do that. Some brake manufacturers design their brakes to start squeaking (when you’re not braking) once they’ve worn down to a certain point. This noise happens before any real damage can be done, so once you hear it, you know it’s time to get your brakes fixed. Don’t wait too long however, or you risk damaging the brake rotors, which is a costly repair.

The Grind

Hearing grinding sound when you brake is a sign that you need to get new brakes immediately. What’s happening is your brake pads have worn through, so you’re getting a metal on metal grinding sound, which will quickly eat up the rotor. Take your car in for new brakes at the first chance you get.

Squealing as you Stop

A squealing sound that happens when you stop could mean a number of different things. Contact points in the brake mechanism may need to be lubricated, and other hardware may need to be adjusted to improve their performance. These can easily be tuned by a mechanic, which will eliminate that annoying squeak.

brake noises

If you have any questions about our blog, “The Different Kind of Brake Noises and What they Mean” please contact Auto Stop by calling 410-467-7600 or visit AutoStopLTD.com today! You can also follow Auto Stop on FacebookTwitter, and Google+.

Our mechanics are highly trained and use state-of-the-art Automotive diagnostic equipment to pinpoint your particular issues, repair it, and get you back on the road as quickly as possible. We promise to diagnose your auto repair problems in an honest and professional manner and all of our work is 100% guaranteed!

Auto Stop is your local auto repair shop, serving the Baltimore metro area. We are A+ accredited by the Better Business Bureau and our Angie’s List rating is an A. We are also an ARI Fleet repair center for all Fleet Repairs.

Source

http://www.angieslist.com/videos/3-noises-your-brakes-should-not-make.htm

Why Do Gas Prices Include a Fraction of a Cent?

April 11th, 2014

It’s a familiar sight. You pull up to the pump to fill up your car’s tank and the price for a gallon of regular reads something like “$3.619.” Where does that additional 9 come from? You couldn’t walk into the gas station and give the cashier $3.619 for a gallon of gas. They round it up to $3.62 because there’s no coin with a denomination of a fraction of a penny. And this rounding up is exactly why that fraction of a cent is included in the price of a gallon of gas.

On the scale that one person buys one tank of gas, a few fractions of a cent amounts to almost nothing. Assuming you bought 11 gallons of gas, the gas station would make about a dime more than they would have if the price had been $3.61 with no additional 9. But those 9/10 of a cent add up fast on the scale that everyone together buys gas. From you as an individual, they bring in additional $4.50 a year, but yearly, the additional 9/10 of a cent brings in an additional $1.7 billion in revenue. That’s right, not million, billion. So while those 9/10 of a penny might not seem like much at the pump, they’re definitely there for a reason.

fractional gas prices

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Our mechanics are highly trained and use state-of-the-art Automotive diagnostic equipment to pinpoint your particular issues, repair it, and get you back on the road as quickly as possible. We promise to diagnose your auto repair problems in an honest and professional manner and all of our work is 100% guaranteed!

Auto Stop is your local auto repair shop, serving the Baltimore metro area. We are A+ accredited by the Better Business Bureau and our Angie’s List rating is an A. We are also an ARI Fleet repair center for all Fleet Repairs.

Source

http://www.savingadvice.com/articles/2008/03/25/102078_910-cent-what-difference-does-it-make.html

 

Speed Camera Reform Legislation Gets Green Light in Maryland

April 4th, 2014

After years of complaints over faulty and predatory speed cameras both in Baltimore and throughout Maryland, it looks like speed camera reform is finally on its way. “The Maryland General Assembly approved legislation Thursday that will provide new protections for motorists from erroneous tickets and other speed camera abuses, send the bill to the governor for his expected signature,” reported the Baltimore Sun.

 

The new bill overhauls several key rules concerning speed and red light cameras throughout the state. One of the most significant changes is the banning of the bounty system, where camera contractors would get a portion of the fine for every ticket issued, which opponents argued gave the companies incentive to rig the machines to issue more tickets. Another issue that the new bill aims to correct is with faulty cameras giving out tickets when no moving violation was committed. Now, every jurisdiction that uses speed and red light cameras will use an ombudsman who reviews the ticket before the trial and voids it if it was issued incorrectly. Drivers will also be informed of the installation of new cameras in their area with signs and a 15 day grace period after the cameras’ installation where no tickets will be issued.

 

speed camera reform Maryland

 

If you have any questions about our blog, “Speed Camera Reform Legislation Gets Green Light in Maryland” please contact Auto Stop by calling 410-467-7600 or visit AutoStopLTD.com today! You can also follow Auto Stop on FacebookTwitter, and Google+.

Our mechanics are highly trained and use state-of-the-art Automotive diagnostic equipment to pinpoint your particular issues, repair it, and get you back on the road as quickly as possible. We promise to diagnose your auto repair problems in an honest and professional manner and all of our work is 100% guaranteed!

Auto Stop is your local auto repair shop, serving the Baltimore metro area. We are A+ accredited by the Better Business Bureau and our Angie’s List rating is an A. We are also an ARI Fleet repair center for all Fleet Repairs.

Get Your Car Tuned Up in Baltimore

March 28th, 2014

This winter was a long one here in Baltimore, and with all the snow, sleet, and cold, came three of a vehicle’s worst enemies: potholes, salt, and slippery roads. There’s no doubt your car has been coated with salt and gotten a quick jolt from a pothole or 5 on Baltimore’s roads this winter, and icy roads make fender benders that much easier.

The point being, your car might be a little worse for the wear after this winter. But now that it’s spring, it’s time to get your car back in shape. Get those tires back in alignment so your car handles better and your tires don’t wear faster. Seal your undercarriage so salt doesn’t rust the components. Take out those dents from fender benders on ice covered roads. And where can you get it done? Right here at Auto Stop! Auto Stop is your Baltimore auto repair shop and we’re here to fix up the damage that has accumulated on your car this winter. So don’t wait, get your car in today for a tune up that will pay dividends in the long run.

Baltimore auto repair shop

If you have any questions about our blog, “Get Your Car Tuned Up in Baltimore” please contact Auto Stop by calling 410-467-7600 or visit AutoStopLTD.com today! You can also follow Auto Stop on FacebookTwitter, and Google+.

Our mechanics are highly trained and use state-of-the-art Automotive diagnostic equipment to pinpoint your particular issues, repair it, and get you back on the road as quickly as possible. We promise to diagnose your auto repair problems in an honest and professional manner and all of our work is 100% guaranteed!

Auto Stop is your local auto repair shop, serving the Baltimore metro area. We are A+ accredited by the Better Business Bureau and our Angie’s List rating is an A. We are also an ARI Fleet repair center for all Fleet Repairs.

 

Why Is My Car Shaking?

March 21st, 2014

If you feel your car jumping, shaking, or vibrating, it could be caused by several different problems, depending on when the shaking occurs. In this blog, we’ll cover the various reasons your car might be jumping, and what you should do about it.

 

Car Shakes While Braking

If you consistently feel a vibration when you apply the brakes while driving, it’s most likely a result of a warped brake disc. Doing lots of heavy braking over a long period of time creates heat, which can warp the disc. When you brake, the brake pad rubs unevenly against the disc, causing the steering wheel to shake. In the long term, this could lead to brake failure, which is why it’s important to see your Baltimore auto mechanic to get your brakes checked out.

Car Shakes at High Speeds

The most likely culprit here is that one of your wheels is out of balance. This happens from long periods of driving on rough roads, and fortunately, it’s a quick and relatively inexpensive fix. Jumping at high speeds might also be caused by improper inflation of the tires, or a bent rim from hitting a pothole. If none of these are to blame, suspension problems such as worn out ball joints, shocks, or struts, may also be causing the car to shake at high speeds.

Car Shakes While Accelerating

If your car shakes while accelerating, it could be any one of the reasons that your car would shake while cruising at a high speed. It could also be caused by an engine problem. The engine might not be getting enough air as a result of a dirty air filter, or the spark plug wires could be bad. A clogged fuel filter may be preventing enough fuel from getting to the engine. Your Baltimore mechanic can diagnose and fix the problem, whatever it may be.

 

car shaking

 

 

If you have any questions about our blog, “Spring Car Maintenance Tips” please contact Auto Stop by calling 410-467-7600 or visit AutoStopLTD.com today! You can also follow Auto Stop on FacebookTwitter, and Google+.

Our mechanics are highly trained and use state-of-the-art Automotive diagnostic equipment to pinpoint your particular issues, repair it, and get you back on the road as quickly as possible. We promise to diagnose your auto repair problems in an honest and professional manner and all of our work is 100% guaranteed!

Auto Stop is your local auto repair shop, serving the Baltimore metro area. We are A+ accredited by the Better Business Bureau and our Angie’s List rating is an A. We are also an ARI Fleet repair center for all Fleet Repairs.

Sources

http://www.ehow.com/list_5970666_causes-auto-brake-shaking_.html

http://www.ehow.com/facts_7600034_car-shake-high-speeds.html

http://auto.howstuffworks.com/under-the-hood/diagnosing-car-problems/body/5-reasons-car-vibrating.htm#page=1

 

Spring Car Maintenance Tips

March 14th, 2014

It’s hard to believe, but after a long winter spring is almost here in Baltimore. When you do your spring cleaning, don’t forget to do some spring cleaning and maintenance for your vehicle as well. Keep your car running well with these spring car maintenance tips.

Clean

Clean out the junk and clutter from your car that you may have accumulated over the winter, especially if you’ve left any heavy objects in the trunk like gifts that never got returned. Clean the outside and undercarriage of your car too in order to remove the salt that’s sure to have accumulated there over the winter.

Check Fluids

Check your vehicle’s fluids, and top off if necessary. While we’re on the subject of fluids, check on your windshield wipers. If they’re showing their age, consider replacing them to better deal with spring showers.

Air Conditioning

Check and see if your air conditioning is still working. If it’s not, now would be a good time to get it fixed before the real warm weather arrives.

Tires

Tire pressure changes a lot during the winter due to the heating up caused by the tires’ friction against the road, followed by the cooling down when the vehicle is not in use and subject to freezing temperatures. Check your tire pressure and adjust it to the level recommended by the manufacturer if necessary. This will improve your gas mileage and performance.

Battery

Car batteries often suffer from a build up of corrosion in the winter. Check the terminals for a white crusty substance. If you find it, clean with a damp rag soaking in water and baking soda, and use a toothbrush to scrape off the tough stuff. Make sure to wear eye protection. To prevent corrosion on the battery terminals, coat them with a non-conducting protective grease, and then spray with a clear sealer.

 

spring car maintenance tips

 

If you have any questions about our blog, “Spring Car Maintenance Tips” please contact Auto Stop by calling 410-467-7600 or visit AutoStopLTD.com today! You can also follow Auto Stop on FacebookTwitter, and Google+.

Our mechanics are highly trained and use state-of-the-art Automotive diagnostic equipment to pinpoint your particular issues, repair it, and get you back on the road as quickly as possible. We promise to diagnose your auto repair problems in an honest and professional manner and all of our work is 100% guaranteed!

Auto Stop is your local auto repair shop, serving the Baltimore metro area. We are A+ accredited by the Better Business Bureau and our Angie’s List rating is an A. We are also an ARI Fleet repair center for all Fleet Repairs.

 

Sources

http://auto.howstuffworks.com/under-the-hood/vehicle-maintenance/spring-car-maintenance6.htm

http://www.consumerreports.org/cro/news/2012/03/spring-cleaning-your-car-diy-maintenance-tips-for-the-new-season/index.htm

 

Why Is My Steering Wheel Vibrating?

March 7th, 2014

So you get on the on-ramp and bring your car up to speed when all of a sudden, the steering wheel starts vibrating. If you decrease your speed the vibration lessens, but if you increase again it intensifies. A vibrating or shaking steering wheel could be a sign of several different problems with your vehicle, but it’s not one you should overlook. You have less control over a vibrating steering wheel, and the more severe the vibration, the less ability you’ll have to react quickly when you need to. Here are some reasons why your car’s steering wheel might be vibrating.

 

Bad Vibrations

 

  • Wheel balance – Off balance wheels can cause vibrations, but are also a quick and easy fix at your local Baltimore auto repair shop.
  • Shock absorbers, struts, and upper strut bearings – If your shock absorbers or struts are worn out, your vehicle may ride unevenly, and vibrate.
  • Ball joints – Your ball joints are critical in regulating your suspension; keeping it tight but still allowing for movement. Worn ball joints equal vibrations.
  • Tie rod ends – These connect the steering rack to the wheels and ensure both wheels move in the same direction. If they are malfunctioning, the wheels may be trying to move in different directions, causing vibrations.

 

steering wheel vibrations

 

If you have any questions about our blog, “ARI Fleet Repairs in Baltimore” please contact Auto Stop by calling 410-467-7600 or visit AutoStopLTD.com today! You can also follow Auto Stop on FacebookTwitter, and Google+.

Our mechanics are highly trained and use state-of-the-art Automotive diagnostic equipment to pinpoint your particular issues, repair it, and get you back on the road as quickly as possible. We promise to diagnose your auto repair problems in an honest and professional manner and all of our work is 100% guaranteed!

Auto Stop is your local auto repair shop, serving the Baltimore metro area. We are A+ accredited by the Better Business Bureau and our Angie’s List rating is an A. We are also an ARI Fleet repair center for all Fleet Repairs.

 

Source

http://autorepair.about.com/od/troubleshooting/fl/Why-is-My-Car-Shaking.htm

ARI Fleet Repairs in Baltimore

February 28th, 2014

If you’re looking for an ARI Fleet repair center in Baltimore, Auto Stop Ltd., is your auto repair shop. We’re certified to perform repair work on all of your ARI fleet vehicles. ARI (Automotive Resources International) is an international vehicle fleet management services company which manages more than 2 million fleet vehicles worldwide. We’ll treat your fleet vehicles with the same care and attention to detail with which we treat all of the vehicles that come through the doors of our Baltimore auto repair shop. Our credentials include:

  • 38 years of automotive experience, with over 23 years in the same location.
  • Member of the International Automotive Technicians’ Network, Automobile Service Assocation, and the DC and MD Service and Repair Assoction.
  • BBB Accredited Business A+ rated and Angies List A rated.

For all of your ARI Fleet repair needs in Baltimore, you can trust Auto Stop Ltd. Check out ARI’s official site for more information.

 

ARI fleet repairs Baltimore

 

If you have any questions about our blog, “ARI Fleet Repairs in Baltimore” please contact Auto Stop by calling 410-467-7600 or visit AutoStopLTD.com today! You can also follow Auto Stop on FacebookTwitter, and Google+.

Our mechanics are highly trained and use state-of-the-art Automotive diagnostic equipment to pinpoint your particular issues, repair it, and get you back on the road as quickly as possible. We promise to diagnose your auto repair problems in an honest and professional manner and all of our work is 100% guaranteed!

Auto Stop is your local auto repair shop, serving the Baltimore metro area. We are A+ accredited by the Better Business Bureau and our Angie’s List rating is an A. We are also an ARI Fleet repair center for all Fleet Repairs.

Get Your Vehicle’s Suspension Aligned in Baltimore

February 21st, 2014

With all the snow and ice we’ve had recently, some of our least favorite road features have sprung up across the streets of Baltimore. These being, of course, potholes. Potholes are formed when water gets into cracks in the road and expands and contracts due to freezing, melting, and re-freezing. As the water expands and contracts, these holes grow bigger, until the next thing you know you’re driving along and it looks like someone started digging to China in the road. And that’s if you’re lucky. During times of snow melt and rain, many potholes are invisible because they look like shallow puddles, and appear harmless until you drive over them and…

BAM. That’s the sound of your suspension going out of alignment, and possibly your rim cracking. You’ll know if your rim cracks, because your tire will go flat. You might not know, however, that your suspension went out of alignment. However, an unaligned suspension is still a problem that needs to be taken care of. When your suspension goes out of alignment, your tires wear down faster and your car may start pulling to one direction or the other. So, bring your car in to your Baltimore auto repair shop, Auto Stop Ltd. We’ll align your suspension and get you rolling smoothly again. Watch out for those potholes!

 

suspension alignment Baltimore

 

If you have any questions about our blog, “Get Your Vehicle’s Suspension Aligned in Baltimore” please contact Auto Stop by calling 410-467-7600 or visit AutoStopLTD.com today! You can also follow Auto Stop on FacebookTwitter, and Google+.

Our mechanics are highly trained and use state-of-the-art Automotive diagnostic equipment to pinpoint your particular issues, repair it, and get you back on the road as quickly as possible. We promise to diagnose your auto repair problems in an honest and professional manner and all of our work is 100% guaranteed!

Auto Stop is your local auto repair shop, serving the Baltimore metro area. We are A+ accredited by the Better Business Bureau and our Angie’s List rating is an A. We are also an ARI Fleet repair center for all Fleet Repairs.

The History of Auto Repair Shops

February 14th, 2014

Auto repair shops are actually passing an important milestone in their history right now, their 100th birthday! While there’s no specific date, the auto repair shop as we know it started to show up about a century ago, give or take a few years. With that in mind, here’s a little info on the history of auto repair shops from your Baltimore auto repair shop.

Early Cars

The first automobiles were only accessible to the wealthy, who would hire chauffeurs that doubled as auto mechanics. Because these cars were very temperamental, the chauffeurs would use their skills as mechanics pretty frequently.

T-Model Ford

Once the T-Model Ford came along in the early 20th century, the automobile became accessible to the masses, and people responded. Ford sold half a million vehicles in 1915, and many more came on the market after a surplus following the end of World War I. Because these cars were mass produced, they were more easy to find parts for and thus more easy to fix. Many car owners took it upon themselves to fix their cars, but some auto repair shops started to open in blacksmiths and machinists shops and liveries.

Boom and Bust

As demand for vehicles grew in the roaring 1920’s, trade schools began to pop up to educate car mechanics. Independent auto repair shops as well as dealership auto repair shops became commonplace, serving the needs of an increasingly mobile population. However, with the Great Depression came a sharp drop and demand. Attempts to unionize were marginally successful, but shop owners generally passed on losses to mechanics by eliminating a guaranteed daily wage and splitting labor charges.

Post-War

During the 1950s, the rise of the middle class prompted new demand for cars, and for auto repair shops. As technological improvements were made, mechanics needed to be more and skilled. Even in the last quarter century, the auto industry has seen huge technological advancements with the introduction of computer technology, which today’s tech has to stay on top of in order to be able to service all vehicles.

 

auto repair shop history

 

If you have any questions about our blog, “The History of Auto Repair Shops

” please contact Auto Stop by calling 410-467-7600 or visit AutoStopLTD.com today! You can also follow Auto Stop on FacebookTwitter, and Google+.

Our mechanics are highly trained and use state-of-the-art Automotive diagnostic equipment to pinpoint your particular issues, repair it, and get you back on the road as quickly as possible. We promise to diagnose your auto repair problems in an honest and professional manner and all of our work is 100% guaranteed!

Auto Stop is your Baltimore auto repair shop, serving the Baltimore metro area. We are A+ accredited by the Better Business Bureau and our Angie’s List rating is an A. We are also an ARI Fleet repair center for all Fleet Repairs.

 

Sources

http://iamdistrict250.ca/our-skilled-trades/a-brief-history-of-the-auto-mechanics-trade/

http://muse.jhu.edu/journals/jsh/summary/v043/43.3.franz.html