Why Do Cars Need Alignment?

Having improper wheel alignment will cause a number of problems for a vehicle. Fortunately, wheel alignment services are inexpensive and easy. To find out more about the importance of alignment and how often to get your vehicle’s wheels professionally aligned, watch this video clip.

If a vehicle’s wheels are misaligned, the vehicle will experience abnormal tire wear, handling problems, and a crooked steering wheel. Many times, it’s easy to tell if a vehicle’s wheels are misaligned. The tires will probably be worn on one side more than the other or the vehicle will pull to one side. Watch the video clip for more information about wheel alignment.

If you notice signs that your vehicle’s wheels are misaligned or if you were recently in a collision, get your wheels aligned as soon as possible. For quality wheel alignment services in San Jose, come to Michael J’s Body Shop. Call our  auto body shop  at (408) 279-2070 for more information on our services, locations, and hours. 

A Driver’s Guide to Proper Brake Maintenance

If you take your vehicle to a car repair shop for annual brake maintenance, the vehicle’s chances of needing serious brake repair will be minimized. But it’s also important to know when the vehicle’s brakes need repair services, as this can save you a lot of money and the danger of a braking system failure. Read below for tips on brake maintenance and how to know when your brakes need work.

Brake and Rotor

Seek Brake Maintenance At Least Once Per Year

If you already go to a reputable car repair shop for your oil changes, make sure that you get the vehicle’s braking system inspected once per year or roughly every fourth oil change. The mechanic will check the entire brake system, including the fluid, drums, pads, lines, calipers, and rotors. As long as you replace the brake fluid at least once every two years or 30,000 miles and the brake pads at least once every 15,000 miles, your vehicle will be much less likely to experience braking system problems.

Brake Pads

One way to tell if your vehicle needs  brake maintenance  beyond the once-per-year interval is by listening to the brakes. If you hear a screeching noise, that means your brake pads are wearing out. Fortunately, brake pads are inexpensive and replacing them before they wear too low ensures that they won’t cut into the rotors, which can be expensive to repair.

Brake Fluid and Rotors

Another way to tell that you need brake maintenance is when the brake pedal is acting funny. If the pedal is unusually soft, meaning it sinks to the floor when the brakes are being applied, your vehicle might need new brake fluid. If, on the other hand, the pedal vibrates when you apply the brakes, your rotors need to be maintained as soon as possible.

If you have any questions about proper brake maintenance, call Michael J’s Body Shop at (408) 279-2070. Our  auto body repair shop  has been serving the San Jose area for over 20 years. Visit our website to learn more about our auto and collision repair services. 

Click on These Links for More Information on Safe Driving

A majority of Americans will be in an accident at some point in their life. However, there are steps you can take to help avoid an accident. To be a safe driver and lessen the chances of getting into a collision , visit the following websites for useful driving tips.

Choose a Safe Following Distance

In the event that following safe driving practices is not enough to keep you out of an accident, come to  Michael J’s Body Shop  of San Jose. If you have any questions, call our car repair shop at (408) 279-2070.

Do You Know How to Choose the Right Following Distance?

Maintaining proper following distance is one of the best ways to reduce your chances of getting into a car collision. Fortunately, there are some easy rules to remember that can help you maintain the appropriate distance between you and the car in front of you. Here are a few “following rules” that will help you avoid a collision :

traffic on the highway

Three-Second Rule

The standard distance that should be maintained between you and the car in front of you is approximately three seconds. If you are traveling at 25 miles per hour, this amounts to 111 feet. If you are traveling at 65 miles per hour, the distance will be more like 288 feet. If you’re following this rule and the car in front of you stops or swerves, you will have enough time to react and avoid a collision. If someone is following you at closer than two seconds, let them pass you or change lanes as soon as possible.

Six-Second Rule

There are many cases when the  three-second rule  doesn’t cut it. If you want to be safe in heavy traffic and during nighttime driving, it’s best to follow the six-second rule instead so that you can double the normally safe following distance and decrease the likelihood of a collision. Six seconds is also a good rule to follow if it is lightly raining or snowing or if there is light fog.

Nine-Second Rule

If the weather is exceptionally bad, it’s good to keep about nine seconds in between you and the car in front of you. It might seem excessive, but if you’re driving in heavy rain, snow, or fog, you will need all the time you can get to react in case the driver in front of you slams on the brakes or loses control of his or her vehicle.

If you were recently in a collision, let the collision repair experts at Michael J’s Body Shop get you back on the road. With  two state-of-the-art body shops in San Jose , finding quality collision repair in the Bay Area is easy. Call us at (408) 279-2070 to learn more.

How Anti-Lock Brakes Work

Anti-lock brakes are one of the most important safety features ever invented for the automobile. To find out how the anti-lock brake system (ABS) works in a modern automobile, watch this video clip.

When a driver of a car without ABS slams on the brakes to avoid a collision, the wheels will more than likely lock up. This causes the car to lose the ability to turn during the heavy braking maneuver. If, on the other hand, a driver applies the brakes in a car with ABS, the braking system will pulsate so that the wheels do not lock up. During braking, this gives the car more grip and traction, which decreases stopping distance and ensures that the car can still turn and avoid a collision.

If your car has recently been in a collision or you are looking to get brake work done for your car, come to  Michael J’s Body Shop of San Jose . Contact us online or call us at (408) 279-2070 for more information about our collision repair services. 

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