3 Reasons to Get an Alignment on Your Jaguar

Reason 1: Car Pulls On an Even Surface

If your Jaguar is pulling while you are driving on a smooth flat surface, this is an indicator of possible faulty tires, worn or damaged steering components, or an alignment that is incorrectly set.  All of these items will cause your Jaguar to pull and exhibit faster than normal tire wear.  Having an alignment performed on your Jaguar ensures all of these items are checked and serviced properly.

Reason 2: Steering Wheel is Offset

If your Jaguar’s steering wheel is off center while driving on a straight flat surface, an improper alignment or worn tires can contribute to this.  Driving with the steering wheel off center can cause accelerated tire wear.

Reason 3: Uneven Tire Wear

A poor alignment can create uneven tire wear and the needless costs associated with early tire replacement.  A proper alignment will keep tires in good usable condition to allow the most life from the tires.  Your Jaguar’s alignment should be checked on an annual basis to ensure maximum tire life, so stop by Autoscope to check your alignment.

3 Reasons for BMW Brake Service

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Brake Light On

BMWs have multiple ways of letting you know brake service is due.  An actual failure of the braking pressure, fluid level, traction control or ABS systems will cause the actual word “brake” to be displayed either in yellow or red depending on what fault is occurring.  A brake pad warning lamp will be shown if the vehicle’s brake pads are at their minimum, or on some vehicles, an actual message will be displayed indicating “Check brake linings, visit workshop.” So when you see the Brake light, bring your vehicle into Autoscope.

Brakes are Squealing

Brake squeal can be caused by multiple items, one could be debris collected around the area where the caliper holds the pad.  Brake squeal is generated by vibration of the pad within the caliper bracket (much like running your finger around a wine glass), whether it be caused by debris, a lip on the edge of the rotor, or imperfection in the rotor surface or just an out of tolerance pad backing plate.

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If your brakes are pulling during use, this can be caused by a brake fluid leak onto the pad surface causing loss of friction or a faulty brake hose.  If they are shimmying while braking, the most common cause is warped brake rotors.  Brake rotors can warp from being too thin to handle the heat generated from braking, or due to pad material being imbedded into one spot on the rotor causing a surface that is no longer uniform.

Autoscope has trained BMW technicians to ensure you get the quality brake service you need at affordable prices. Call any of our three locations to make an appointment.

Three Reasons to NOT Machine Your Rotors

Reason 1: Safety!                                                                                                                                                                                                                   Most European brake rotors are designed for maximum performance while remaining as light weight as possible.  Each rotor has a minimum thickness measurement stamped directly in the rotor itself. When you “ turn “ the rotor you are actually removing material from the rotor, which most often reduces the thickness below the minimum safe operating thickness.  You run the risk of warping the rotor or even worse causing the rotor to crack!  

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Reason 2: Noise!
When the brake rotor is turned, the new surface is not always smooth. Any imperfections in the rotor surface may cause accelerated wear on the brake pads and may result in brake squeal.
Reason 3: Cost!

For the price you may pay to have the old worn rotors removed, turned, then reinstalled on your vehicle you could spend a little more and have new matching parts installed.  You run the risk of having to replace the same parts sooner, paying for the work to be performed twice.

Call Us or use the form on this page regarding all Your Brake and Rotor concerns and questions and we’ll be glad to help.