Brakes, Car Maintenance
Written by Jessica Golden

Servicing Your Vehicle’s ABS Brakes

Brakes, Car MaintenanceStandard on vehicles for more than three decades, anti-lock braking systems (ABS) give drivers more power for stopping, especially on roads with bad traction. The brake system is the most important safety feature of every car, and it should be serviced regularly as the manufacturer recommends. The following discusses ABS brakes and servicing. Stop by a reputable and local independent automotive service facility for better value and personalized service.

ABS Overview

When sudden hard braking occurs, a car’s ABS brakes prevent its wheels from locking up, which would result in loss of control. ABS brakes give drivers the ability to stop their vehicles in the shortest distance while maintaining control. ABS oversees each wheel’s speed and ensures all are running at the same speed by adjusting the brake pressure of each wheel. When there is a sudden stop, a driver can feel the brake pedal pulsating.

General Maintenance

ABS uses the car’s computer, hydraulic and electrical systems to perform. Maintaining proper fluid levels and ensuring gaskets and seals are in good condition is also important. In addition, the system voltage and processors should be tested regularly to determine whether or not there are any faulty components. To make sure the ABS is properly functioning, the car manufacturer’s recommended inspection and maintenance schedule should be followed.

Sensor Servicing

A critical ABS component, the sensor of each wheel that monitors its speed, should be cleaned as the manufacturer recommends. When coated by road grime, dirt, or oil, a sensor may not function properly, decreasing ABS performance.

Chesapeake Import Services has provided reputable and trusted services to Annapolis and the surrounding areas since 1991 and currently offer the following benefits:

  • Service specials for both new and returning customers.
  • Courteous, professional management and staff.
  • Large, clean and comfortable waiting area.
  • Free Wi-Fi.
  • Convenient location in the heart of Annapolis.
  • 24 month/24,000 mile warranty on parts and labor (some exclusions apply).
  • Modern, well-equipped facility utilizing the latest technology and equipment.
  • Prompt, reliable services and quality repairs.
  • Professional and accurate diagnostics for modern vehicle systems.

Call us for an appointment today at (410) 267-8411. We will be very happy to see you.

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Written by Jessica Golden

Ten Tips for Prepping Your Car for Summer – Part 1

 car shop, repair, Annapolis MDThe last half of May means we should get our cars ready for summer. Better weather means more time on the road, driving your car on fun road trips. If you have kids, they will be out of school, and they’ll be asking, “Are we there yet?”

You may have not serviced your vehicle after a long winter, and now is the right time. The family will be spending hours on the highway headed to a favorite vacation spot, and so you will need the following ten tips for prepping your car for summer. For the best results, call a certified mechanic to give you a hand.

Battery Boosted

A standard battery needs regular checks to ensure it is at a proper fluid level. Visually inspect there are no stains or leaks in the top area. A sealed battery is essentially maintenance free, but a traditional battery will need its fluid level maintained.

Brake Fluid Clear and Full

As brakes are hydraulic devices, brake fluid is hydraulic fluid. The liquid should appear clear and be near or at the reservoir’s full marking. It operates in high temperatures, which would gradually result in a decrease of braking performance from degradation if neglected. Due to its hydroscopic nature, brake fluid absorbs moisture and degrades.

Brakes Inspected

Due to the extremes of winter temperatures in certain regions, brake pads often suffer serious wear and cracking. The rough weather may also impact brake rotors and drums, and they should be inspected as well.

Coolant On the Level

A car’s coolant level should be at the full line. Add a 50/50 proper mix of water and coolant if the coolant reservoir is low. For maximum performance, the coolant liquid should be changed annually.

Oil Inspected

After checking that the oil is at the proper level, take a look at its color. An amber color means the oil is still viable. When it is black, it is time for a change. Typically, regular oil can last from 4,000 to 5,000 miles, while synthetic lasts between 6,000 and 7,000 miles.

Part 2 will cover the second 5 of 10 tips for prepping your car for summer

Last Advice

Chesapeake Import Services has provided reputable and trusted services to Annapolis and the surrounding areas since 1991. Call us for an appointment today at (410) 267-8411. We will be very happy to see you.

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Written by Jessica Golden

Top Eight Vehicle Services for New Drivers – Part 1

Import ,Repair, Annapolis MDIf you are a new driver, typically a teenager, you are probably driving a used car. Since it may be several years old and has higher mileage, you will have to work harder to make sure your ride is in good shape. It will be worth it in the long run because you will have a more reliable car. Your hard-earned money should also not be spent on expensive repairs that would not have been necessary if you had done the scheduled or necessary maintenance. Part 1 will cover the first four of the eight most important services for your vehicle.

Air Filter

The air filter cleans the air flowing into an engine of harmful particles. Eventually, the element will be so clogged, there will be a severe reduction of airflow, forcing the engine to work much harder and causing inefficiency that hurts fuel economy.

In addition, particles that are allowed to pass through by the compromised air filter will harm the engine, resulting in repairs and shortened service life. Car makers typically recommend replacing the air filter regular mileage intervals. Check your owners manual for recommendations. also make sure to check for special circumstances. If you drive on dirt roads or in heavy/city traffic often, it is recommended that the air filter be replaced more frequently.

Battery

The lifespan of most car batteries is three to five years. However, service life can be shortened by tough driving conditions and extreme temperatures. When a battery becomes three years of age, start scheduling tests of its charge. Poor results will let you know that the battery is dying and should be replaced. You will avoid being stranded because you are unable to start the car and needing to pay both for a tow and a new battery. Aside from providing dependability, a battery in good condition will allow more efficient functioning of your car. Make sure to unplug battery draining chargers when the vehicle not in use. Just because your device isn’t attached to it, doesn’t mean it’s not still drawing power for your car.

Brake Pads

As brakes are applied, its pads undergo tremendous levels of friction. They are the only barrier separating the braking mechanism from the rotor. Frequent sudden stopping will wear them down more heavily and rapidly, so it is both safer and wiser to begin slowing down well before reaching a stop. Reducing speeds prior to braking will be more fuel efficient and extend the lifespan of brake pads, saving you money.

Once brake pads are very thin, they will may make noise or the low pad warning indicator may come on the dash. This is a sure sign you need new ones as soon as possible. Depending on the make, model and mileage, the rotors may need to be replaced as well.

Hoses & Belts

It is normal that a running engine will generate high temperatures. A vehicle cooling system in good condition will be able to maintaining the proper temperature and prevent overheating. However, as the miles pass, cooling system components will experience normal wear and tear. Hoses and belts will eventually dry, crack, and break. Hoses carry important fluids from part to part. Belts transfer rotational energy from one powered component to another that needs power so it can function. Broken hoses or belts may result in significant engine damage and costly repair services. It is a good idea to ask for an inspection of belts and hoses every time there is a regularly scheduled maintenance.

Part 2 will cover the topics of Oil Services, Spark Plugs, Tires, and Wiper Blades.

Last Advice

Chesapeake Import Services has provided reputable and trusted services to Annapolis and the surrounding areas since 1991 and currently offer the following benefits:

  • Service specials for both new and returning customers.
  • Courteous, professional management and staff.
  • Large, clean and comfortable waiting area.
  • Free Wi-Fi.
  • Convenient location in the heart of Annapolis.
  • 24 month/24,000 mile warranty on parts and labor (some exclusions apply).
  • Modern, well-equipped facility utilizing the latest technology and equipment.
  • Prompt, reliable services and quality repairs.
  • Professional and accurate diagnostics for modern vehicle systems.

Call us for an appointment today at (410) 267-8411. We will be very happy to see you.

brakes, Engine Repair, Car services,Annapolis MD
Written by Jessica Golden

How to Use ABS Brakes Properly

 brakes, Engine Repair, Car servicesGovernment vehicle regulations require that anti-lock braking systems (ABS) are a standard feature on the majority of vehicles. Although most drivers know their car model has ABS equipment, only a fraction actually knows how it functions or how it should be properly used in certain driving situations.

Through sensors, ABS can determine whether a wheel is about to lock up during strong braking. When a wheel attempts to lock up, hydraulic valves will decrease braking pressure on it to prevent skidding, permitting a driver to maintain control while steering.

Having ABS equipment should not rationalize unsafe practices like driving faster in hazardous conditions or tailgating. Drivers should also be aware that ABS would not work as well when the road is slippery. For example, ABS will not prevent vehicles from sliding and going out of control on sheet ice. The key to safe winter driving is traveling at a speed appropriate for the conditions.

Emergency Braking Without ABS

The majority of modern cars are ABS equipped. However, older models may not have anti-locking brakes. Fortunately, drivers can replicate the ABS effect in car without this equipment. When a driver going too fast on a slippery surface has to stop suddenly, braking hard and abruptly will probably lock up the wheels and cause the car to lose control. In order to prevent this, a driver should rhythmically pump the brake pedal. Although not as effective, this method will imitate the way ABS works.

Avoiding Collisions

ABS is a wonderful tool that promotes driving safety, but one can make it even more useful knowing how to use it during emergencies. The chief advantage of the ABS system is that it allows drivers to use maximum braking force while maintaining steering control to avoid a collision. It is also critical to keep your eyes on the direction where you want the vehicle to travel and steer in that direction while keeping calm.

Last Advice

Chesapeake Import Services has provided reputable and trusted services to Annapolis and the surrounding areas since 1991 and currently offer the following benefits:

  • Service specials for both new and returning customers.
  • Courteous, professional management and staff.
  • Large, clean and comfortable waiting area.
  • Free Wi-Fi.
  • Convenient location in the heart of Annapolis.
  • 24 month/24,000 mile warranty on parts and labor (some exclusions apply).
  • Modern, well-equipped facility utilizing the latest technology and equipment.
  • Prompt, reliable services and quality repairs.
  • Professional and accurate diagnostics for modern vehicle systems.

Call us for an appointment today at (410) 267-8411. We will be very happy to see you.

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Written by Jessica Golden

9 Basic Car Maintenance Tips

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Following the manufacturer’s recommended maintenance schedule and using replacement products with correct specifications is the key for a car’s long life. Taking extra care of the interior and exterior of your automobile will also keep you proudly driving your vehicle for an extended length of time.

Below are 9 basic car maintenance tips that will help keep your four-wheeled pride and joy on the road for many years.

Oil Check and Change

Proper maintenance of a car’s motor oil and oil filter is the most important method of assuring long engine life. On the flip side, neglecting the above will lead to premature deterioration of an engine.

Transmission and Differential Fluids

Although service frequency is low, both will require changing at service intervals that a car manufacturer requires. It is also very important to use the specified type and viscosity.

Cooling System Flush

Performing a cooling system flush and replacing the coolant periodically is important. A 50/50 mixture of 50% coolant and 50% distilled water will properly maintain a cooling system by preventing the build-up of deposits and corrosion. Check the coolant concentration and make sure that it is sufficient for your climate.

Brake Fluid

Since brake fluid has the quality of hygroscopic, attracting moisture, it needs to be replaced at regular intervals. Braking components will corrode and fail because of a high level of moisture in the brake fluid. Replacing brake fluid is inexpensive, while replacing sensors, calipers, and hoses is not.

Exterior Maintenance

Obviously, keeping the visible exterior the vehicle clean will preserve its looks. The best way to beautify and protect a car’s paint job is by applying a fresh coat of wax twice a year.

Underside Cleaning

The underside of your car also needs to be cleaned regularly, especially during the winter when it is exposed to the effects of salt, dirt, and grime.

Interior Maintenance

Parking a vehicle in the shade or garage, as well as using a windshield visor and UV protective spray, will protect the interior’s plastic and vinyl from drying and cracking.

Lubricate Moving Parts

To assure the longevity of moving parts, they must be lubricated regularly. This includes drive line components like u-joints.

Wheel Bearings

As required by the manufacturer’s service intervals, wheel bearings should be inspected, cleaned, and repacked with grease. This procedure is cheap in contrast to replacing spindles and hubs.

Last Advice

Chesapeake Import Services has provided reputable and trusted services to Annapolis and the surrounding areas since 1991 and currently offer the following benefits:

  • Service specials for both new and returning customers.
  • Courteous, professional management and staff.
  • Large, clean and comfortable waiting area.
  • Free Wi-Fi.
  • Convenient location in the heart of Annapolis.
  • 24 month/24,000 mile warranty on parts and labor (some exclusions apply).
  • Modern, well-equipped facility utilizing the latest technology and equipment.
  • Prompt, reliable services and quality repairs.
  • Professional and accurate diagnostics for modern vehicle systems.

Call us for an appointment today at (410) 267-8411. We will be very happy to see you.

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Written by Jessica Golden

Facts About A Brake Fluid Flush

 Car Repair , Help, maintenanceLike the other fluids that help a car function, brake fluid has a manufacturer’s recommended service interval. Typically, brake fluid needs to be replaced every two years or 30,000 miles. A certified mechanic will use an electronic meter or test strips to determine the brake fluid’s contamination level in the reservoir.

Effects of Moisture

Brake fluid gradually absorbs moisture from the atmosphere. When the percentage of moisture rises, the brake fluid’s boiling point drops commensurately. Certain types of driving will cause an overheated brake system, ultimately boiling the brake fluid. As the fluid ages, it will also allow excessive moisture to enter the system, resulting in rust, increased contamination, and the premature failure of brake components.

Effect of Contamination

The master cylinder reservoir can be gradually contaminated by dirt and dust.

Particles of rubber and metal from its components actuating also add to brake fluid contamination. In time, these contaminants may cause the Anti-lock Braking System (ABS) to fail. The first sign brake fluid needs changing is an activated ABS warning or brake warning light.

Costs of Flush

Servicing that involves opening the brake-hydraulic system, such as the replacement of the brake line, wheel cylinder or caliper will include the cost of a brake fluid flush. This is because the system will require purging, and this is done by flushing air by pumping out the old brake fluid. A simple flush will cost around $100. Certain cars will need a special scanning tool in order to purge air from the ABS pump, and this service will come with an additional charge.

Summary

Certified mechanics will completely remove old, fluid from the brake system, totally flushing out the contaminants previously mentioned Brand new and pristine fluid, meeting the manufacturer’s specifications of car, will then be used to refill the brake system.

Last Advice

Chesapeake Import Services has provided reputable and trusted services to Annapolis and the surrounding areas since 1991 and currently offer the following benefits:

  • Service specials for both new and returning customers.
  • Courteous, professional management and staff.
  • Large, clean and comfortable waiting area.
  • Free Wi-Fi.
  • Convenient location in the heart of Annapolis.
  • 24 month/24,000 mile warranty on parts and labor (some exclusions apply).
  • Modern, well-equipped facility utilizing the latest technology and equipment.
  • Prompt, reliable services and quality repairs.
  • Professional and accurate diagnostics for modern vehicle systems.

Call us for an appointment today at (410) 267-8411. We will be very happy to see you.

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Written by Jessica Golden

Service Your Braking System for Safety

 Engine Repair, Help,Annapolis MDThe most critical safety feature of any vehicle is its braking system. Yearly maintenance performed by certified mechanics will ensure that your brakes are working properly for safe driving. Regular maintenance also prevents expensive repairs caused by neglect. As the miles add up, the parts composing your car’s braking system will inevitably have to be replaced because of normal wear and tear. That’s why following your car manufacturer’s recommendations for regular servicing of your brakes is a priority.

Most Common Brake Service

With each press of the brake pedal to slow or stop, the energy from a vehicle’s movement will be transformed into heat, causing the linings of shoes or brake pads to gradually wear down to a point where they can no longer be used effectively or safely. As a result, replacing shoes or brakes pads is the most common service for the braking system. Its frequency will be determined by the kind of driving you do. City driving will require more frequent slowing and stopping than long commutes on a freeway or other open road.

Warning Signs

Your braking system will give warning signs that, if heeded, will give you enough time to take preventive measures prior to the failure of a component or avoidable damage. Using your senses of sight, touch, and sound may be the best way to detect problems in your brakes as listed below:

  • When you are driving, does the warning light of your car’s braking system go on?
  • Are you experiencing steer or pull of your car to one side while applying brakes?
  • Are there grinding or squealing sounds when you press on the brakes?
  • When you depress the brake pedal, does it feel spongy or is there pulsing?

If you are experiencing any of the above, it is best to immediately seek the services of a certified mechanic and request an inspection of your braking system. Not only are you ensuring the safety of you and your passengers, but you will be saving time and money.

Make an appointment with us here at Chesapeake Import Services and let us inspect and service your car’s braking system. We will be very happy to see you. Call us at (410) 267-8411.