Monthly Archives: June 2017

What does fluid flushing and maintenance accomplish?

If you like to watch video see link below if not read on. Thanks. Today’s topic “What does fluid flushing and maintenance accomplish? In the engine crank case it keeps down engine wear and seal deterioration. Preventing engine internal wear/damage and oil leakage. In the transmission it flushes’ out old dirty fluid and polymers’ and refreshes it with clean new fluid and new polymers’. This prevents transmission leaks, chatter and wear. In the power steering it keep the seals and gaskets fresh and supple, this prevents leakage from the steering gear and power steering pump. Also cleans and improves performance of the valves and feel of the power steering. In the cooling system flushes prevent rot from acid build up that can literally eat the engine and radiator form the inside out. This is one of the most critical systems under the hood. This also will save you a lot on money in repair and breakdown costs. In the brake system it flushes out old water ... read more

Is my car ready for fluid flushes’’ and “fluid maintenance?

If you like to watch video see link below if not read on. Thanks. Todays’ topic “Is my car ready for fluid flushes’’ and “fluid maintenance?” Here is some general guide lines and experiences with vehicles we have inspected. Even though we have general guide lines for flushing fluids all vehicles and drivers are unique having different needs. We have found transmission fluid at 30,000 mile in some vehicles to be jet black and stinking. Coolant to be deteriorated due to time not mileage. And our Florida humidity causes brake fluid to turned colors and deteriorate faster than other parts of the country. The service advisors in combination with the technicians can perform these inspection tasks and advise. The bottom line is we a can inspect your vehicles fluids and recommend needs due to deterioration and preventive maintenances for time or miles. Call today at 772-283-4445 or see stuartbrakeandautorepair.com for an inspection appointment request for ... read more

“How has fluid flushing changed in the last few years?

If you like to watch video see link below if not read on. Thanks. Todays’ topic “How has fluid flushing changed in the last few years?” Here some basic changes over the last few years. First fluid specifications have changed greatly. We on the service desk check the electronic repair manual on each vehicle to be serviced to make sure that all fluids meet or exceed the vehicle requirements. Second many vehicles now have electronic steering that does not contain fluid and required no flushing. Third CVT transmissions are becoming more popular in many vehicles’. These do not require flushing. Actually flushing can cause issues in this type transmissions. As you can see the automotive industry is constantly changing and growing. We daily are learning new and different ideas and procedures. Even the blogs I have recently done will be shortly out dated. That is why the front counter service advisors are so critical to good vehicle maintenance. Each day after day ... read more

How does fluid flushing and maintenance save me money?

If you like to watch video see link below if not read on. Thanks. Today’s topic “How does fluid flushing and maintenance save me money?” In the engine crank case it keeps down engine wear and seal deterioration. Preventing engine internal wear/damage and oil leakage. Lack of oil changes is one of the leading causes of major engine failure. Engine replacement in today’s market starts at $4,000 dollars and goes up and over $10,000 dollars for luxury and diesel models. In the transmissions it prevents transmission leaks, chatter, hard shift and internal wear. Also a maintained transmission in much less likely to have a major failure. That is a cost saving or $2,000 to $5,000 per vehicle. In the power steering it keep the seals and gaskets fresh and supple, this prevents leakage from the steering gear and power steering pump. A typical steering rack operation starts at $750 dollars for an inexpensive type and goes up over a $1,000. Flushing this simple system ca ... read more

What does fluid flushing and fluid maintenance cost?

If you like to watch video see link below if not read on. Thanks. Todays” topic “What does fluid flushing and fluid maintenance cost?” Here is the short concise answer to that question as of 2017 for a basic front wheel drive. These vehicles’ run about $1.00 a day to flush all fluids each two to four years or 30,000 to 60,000 miles. As you can see that is not a lot of investment in a vehicle to keep it in prime fluid maintenance condition. Rear wheel drives, trucks and four wheels drives are $1.50 to $2.00 dollars per day to flush all fluids each two to four years or 30,000 to 60,000 miles. This keeps the primary systems that contain fluids in tip top shape. This will save you time and money by preventing lack of maintenance parts and labor repairs. Call today at 772-283-4445 or see stuartbrakeandautorepair.com for an inspection appointment request for your vehicles’ estimate, service, repair or maintenance. Again thanks for choosing Stuart Brake and Au ... read more

Why do my brakes feel different?

If you like to watch video see link below if not read on. Thanks. Why do my brakes feel different, softer and lower after brake pads are installed? A lot changes when a brake operation is performed. Here are some basic’s. The calipers slides and hardware are cleaned and lubed causing more travel and proper clearances. Rotors are refaced and need break–in miles. Pads are installed and they are new soft and squishy. They will harden within a few miles driving. Also very important is a brake fluid flush. This will improve brake pedal height, fluid boiling point and overall brake performance. As you can see there is a lot going on during and after a brake operation. On a related subject our next blog post will be “What is break-in and what can I expect”? Call today at 772-283-4445 or see stuartbrakeandautorepair.com for a brake inspection appointment request for your vehicles’ service or repair. Again thanks for choosing Stuart Brake and Auto Repair for your ... read more

Today’s subject “What is brake break-in and what can I expect”?

If you like to watch video see link below if not read on. Thanks. Today’s subject “What is brake break-in and what can I expect”? I am going to read to you the break-in statement that is on each invoice or estimate. This helps clients know what to expect. Also what is “good and expected” and what is “bad and not expected”. As read from a typical invoice. BREAK-IN PERIOD FOR NEW BRAKE PADS OR SHOES IS IMPORTANT FOR LONG LIFE AND SMOOTH QUIET OPERATION. THE FIRST 50 MILES BRAKE PADS AND SHOES ARE OPERATING HOTTER THAN NORMAL MATING TO THE ROTOR OR DRUM SURFACE. DURING THIS TIME IT IS IMPORTANT NOT TO OVER STRESS AND OVER HEAT THE SYSTEM. THIS CAN CAUSE BURNING IN THE PAD OR SHOES FACE. DURING THE BREAK-IN PERIOD LIGHT ODOR CAN ALSO BE NORMAL. HEAVY BURNING SMELLS OR SMOKE IS NOT NORMAL. THE BREAK-IN PERIOD IS NORMALLY 50 MILES. PEDAL HEIGHT AND FIRMNESS SHOULD RISE DURING THIS PERIOD AND CONVERSELY A DROPPING PEDAL INDICATES ADJUSTS ARE NEEDED ... read more

My vehicle clunks, clanks and squeaks in the front, what is going on?

If you like to watch video see link below if not read on. Thanks. My vehicle clunks, clanks and squeaks in the front, what is going on? Sounds like the vehicle has suspension wear or looseness! There are many suspension components in the front and rear of all vehicles. We can inspect, check and estimate these parts for replacement. Also having a state of the art alignment computer the tires will wear great after your repair. Call today at 772-283-4445 or see stuartbrakeandautorepair.com for a suspension inspection appointment request for your vehicles’ estimate, service or repair. Again thanks for choosing Stuart Brake and Auto Repair for your next service, maintenance or repair. http://youtu.be/IoGu-BnzZQ8

Buzzing noise in my vehicle phone call.

If you like to watch video see link below if not read on. Thanks. Ring-ring, ring-ring. Hello this is Mark at Stuart Brake and Auto Repair “how may I help you”? Your vehicle has this buzzing noise when the gas pedal is just applied. It sounds like marbles and metal. Is that correct? Ok, yes? I have heard this concern many times. It is usually an exhaust component failure. Yes we can inspect your vehicle on a rack and find the noise and then estimate the time to get parts and labor to install them. Yes we have all the equipment to perform the repair. Yes we can inspect your vehicle @ 1:30 today. Ok thanks, see you then. Thank you, good bye. This is a typical call for the service desk. We handle many different concerns and inspections. Call today at 772-283-4445 or see stuartbrakeandautorepair.com for an inspection appointment request for your vehicles’ estimate, service or repair. Again thanks for choosing Stuart Brake and Auto Repair for your next service, maintenanc ... read more

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