Rust in Your Brakes, Differential Fluid… & Dante

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Hey West Seattle! We have lots going on this week at the shop.

First off, our pup-friend Dante stopped by to say hi while his owner’s car was being checked out. He’s so sweet!

Rust inside the brakes = no bueno

It goes without saying that having rust inside of your brakes is not a great thing to have. The rust can deteriorate the metal on your brakes. And rust on your brake pads can act as a barrier resulting in a less efficient squeeze on your brake rotors or drums—ultimately making your braking system not operate at an optimum level and at times be extremely noisy.

We see lots of cars from the East coast with this problem. Humidity, salt, and de-icers are a major cause of rust in vehicles. Keep an eye and ear out for issues with your brakes.

Don’t worry, a lot of times they’ll tell you by squealing when they’re ready for some attention and we are always happy to do a brake inspection for you.

Service your differential fluid

Ever go in for an oil change and they ask if you want for them to change your differential fluid and you say “no thanks” because of the added expense?

Think twice next time. Here’s an example of a differential drain plug on a system that was not serviced as it should have been.

A differential is designed to drive a pair of wheels and at the same time allow them to rotate at different speeds.  Ensuring the differential fluid is serviced appropriately is very important and keeps your car driving smoothly.

Generally speaking, the fluid should be changed every 30,000 to 50,000 miles. Taking a little time to make sure this is serviced is a great way to save you a major expense in the future!

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