Brake disc also known as rotors and are part of the vehicle braking system. If you like working on your own vehicles it would be good to do a little research before completing the task. Rotors are metal disc and come pre-packaged with an oily surface and plastic cover. They are placed in a cardboard box for shipping and sales. Once a buyer receives the product it must be removed from these packing materials and prepped for install. This means cleaning the rotors thoroughly to avoid pre-mature wear and tear. They should be cleaned both inside and out with a break cleaner. However, a less expensive and more thorough way to clean the parts can be done via the use of dish soap like Dawn. This soap is less abrasive and breaks down other contaminates besides the oil better than brake cleaner. Once the rotors are cleaned make sure to rise and dry. Then apply the adhesive protector to both your pads and rotors prior to installation. Also try to keep your hands and tools clean to prevent other contaminants from ruining the surface of the rotors prior to installation.  Here at DitY Auto Repair our friendly staff can assist you on a DIY brake job by explaining these steps and more to improve your vehicles brake life. This week’s tips from the Team at DitY Auto Repair have safe and fun summer.

Going on a vacation is supposed to be a wonderful experience. However, if you’re planning on taking your car or truck as a means of transportation perform a pre-trip inspection to avoid a vacation breakdown disaster. This will allow you to identify any issues that may cause problems during the trip. You can set-up a check list and order the problems from minor to major. A trip to your local mechanic shop can help you decide what needs to be addressed and the importance of the repairs. Some items could be replaced at a later time, while others may need immediate attention. At a minimum check all your fluids, rotate your tires, check the lights, replace wipers if worn, inspect your spare tire, and make sure you have an emergency break down kit with any tools required to fix a flat or small issue while on the road. This inspection should take about 20 minutes yet can save you a lot of unforeseen trouble. If you are not familiar with automotive inspections a shop like DitY Auto Repair has friendly mechanics and staff that can walk you through the steps. This week’s tips from the Team at DitY Auto Repair have a great summer and stay safe.

Do you ever wonder what happens to your vehicle tires as they age and are exposed to the elements. A rubber band is the best way to explain what happens to a tire as it ages. By taking a rubber band that has been sitting out for a while even if indoors and stretching it you’ll notice cracks on it. Now this is a plain rubber band that does little work and most likely has never seen the out side of your home or office. The same thing occurs to your vehicle tires over time. The tolerance is obviously higher; however, as a driver you should inspect tires regularly to identify any faults. This includes cracks, metal from the internal steel belts being exposed, low tire tread depth, dry rot, etc. Rubber on a tire can last many years, but should be inspected at least every five. Most tire shops would not recommend having a tire for more than five years. The performance would not be great and emergency conditions can lead to tire failure due to the tire no longer holding stress as it should. Tires don’t have expiration dates; however, just like a normal rubber band they wear out and fail to maintain their elasticity.  So remember to inspect your tires and stay up on vehicle maintenance. We’ll discuss more on tire maintenance and inspections in our next blog. Have a great summer and Happy 4th of July from your Team at DitY Auto.

We’ve talked about the importance of tire upkeep before and now summer brings in the rain season. Tires are the only vehicle components that make contact with the road and help the vehicle with traction. This is very important especially under slick driving conditions. Florida roads are very congested with local traffic and tourist alike, which means having good tires may help you during emergency stops or maneuvers to avoid an accident.  So always remember to check your tire pressure to ensure improved gas mileage and even tire wear. Align your vehicle to keep the steering components lined up and to extend tire life. When you change your oil ask the shop to rotate the tires as recommended by the manufacturer. This last tip will ensure sure extended shock and strut life, while promoting uniform tire wear. Here at DitY Auto Repair we can assist you with all of the following maintenance tips and will be happy to answer any questions concerning tire safety. This week’s tips from the Team at DitY Auto Repair have a safe and fun summer.

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