Steve’s Car Tip #7: Stop It! …Good Brake Care

Photo Credit:  Right Brain Photography

Photo Credit: Right Brain Photography

You should probably know that without good brakes, your vehicle would not be safe as you may not be able to stop quickly or slow down when you need to.  This may be especially bad when you are driving at higher speeds!  Here are a few tips that might help you:

  1. Free brake inspections are available at many car repair shops.  Take advantage of this free inspection service that may be offered in order to secure your business.  They should check all your hydraulic fluids, brake pads and shoes, caliper and rotor wear along with checking your anti-lock brake system (if your vehicle has one).
  2. Make it a rule to visit your regular ASE certified full-service mechanic shop so you can catch any problems early on and avoid costly repairs to a badly damaged system.  These kind of shops inspect all systems as a preventative measure for good maintenance practice and safe vehicle operation.
  3. Learn to pay attention to the common signs that accompany brake
    problems like your vehicle pulling to one side when applying your brakes, a soft feel to the pedal, jerking when you attempt to stop, leaking around the wheels, strange grinding sounds or grinding noises, or your brake warning light turns on.

If you should have any of the warning signs or need your yearly brake inspection (and are in the Lake of the Ozarks area), call or stop by Gerbig’s Osage Auto Service for quality service that is fast and convenient.

Gerbig's Osage Auto Service

Gerbig’s Osage Auto Service (573) 302-4555

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Steve’s Car Tip #3: Are Your Tires Safe?

new tire photo

Tires.  What would we do without them for our transportation needs?  But, many people seem to not pay enough attention to them, which could be a safety hazard.  So, what should we be looking for when we look at our own tires?

Steve, owner of Gerbig’s Osage Auto Service, says, “In addition to looking at the inflation of tires, look for low-tread or cracking between the tread blocks.”

So, how do you know that your tread is low?

He says, “You need to have at a minimum 3/32 of an inch of tread.”

Anything else that we should be looking for?

Steve says, “Also, you should look for cuts, scrapes or abrasions on the side walls.”

If you are needing some tires, Gerbig’s Osage Auto Service  has a good supply of new or used tires to fit anyone’s price range.  But, whereever you are…don’t neglect your safety and invest in some new tires if you see any of these signs.

Steve’s Car Tip #2: What To Do Before That Long Road Trip?

What to do before that long road trip?

Steve says:   “Most definitely, an oil change at a good reputable shop where a real, professional mechanic is.  You need a shop where they look your entire car over.  Also, don’t go to specialty shops like a tire, brake or auto body shop.  It’s far better to go to a good, general mechanic shop.”

What will they check? 

Steve says:  “They will give a good, thorough check of your vehicle.  A quality shop would be able to check hundreds of things at “nearly a glance” that a specialty shop wouldn’t.”

What kind of certification should the shop have?

Steve says:  “Look for an ASE-certified shop (stands for Automotive Service Excellence).  This certification is issued by the Society of Automotive Engineers.”

If you are at or near the Lake of the Ozarks, call or stop by Gerbig’s Osage Auto Service for excellent, expert service at fair prices.

Steve’s Car Tip #1: Are Your Windshield Wipers Safe?

With all the rainy weather we’ve been having this spring (and more on the way) it’s good safety sense to have your windshield wipers in tiptop shape.  It’s a fact that 90% of driving decisions are based on vision.  When the rain is pelting the windshield and visability is impaired, you are at an increased risk for an accident.  Don’t risk your safety or that of others, check your windshield wipers before setting out or have an expert mechanic assess them.  If at or near the Lake of the Ozarks, Gerbig’s Osage Auto Service will happily help.  Call or stop by (573) 302-4555.

Windshield wiper facts:

  • It’s recommended that wiper blades are changed once every year
  • One in five vehicles have deficient wiper blades
  • Drivers will often wait years to replace wiper blades that wore out after 6 – 12 months of use
  • If you use your washer solvent and the blades streak or chatter, it may be time for new blades
  • It may not be a problem with the blades, but could be the wiper arms with a problem

What will we do to help?

After assessing the exact problem, we will know if the solution lies in simply replacing the blades.  Or, the correct thing to do may be to fix the arm…it could be as simple as straightening it.  It is best to get expert advice and (most important) to not neglect your wipers.

Happy and Safe Driving!

Steve Gerbig

Gerbig’s Osage Auto Service