Brake ServicesSteering and Suspension ServicesEngine ServicesStarting and Charging • Heating and Cooling

Brake Services

Your car’s brakes work hard. And the job they do is critical to your safety. That’s why it’s so important for you to be aware of how your brakes work, and to be alert for signs that your brakes need maintenance. Here you’ll find an overview of braking systems and tips to help you know when it’s time for brake service. No matter what your brake system needs, Discount Tire & Service is here to help make sure your car is functioning properly.

About Braking Systems

Today’s braking systems are composed of a number of integral parts all work together to ensure your vehicle stops properly. Generally speaking, by depressing the brake pedal, you are telling the master cylinder to compress brake fluid, which in turn sends hydraulic pressure through brake lines that activate your vehicle’s brake pads (or shoes). These pads (or shoes) then make contact with spinning rotors (or drums), slowing down or stopping the vehicle. More complex systems use sensors to activate the brake system, but the net desired effect is the same.

The parts that make up your vehicle’s brake system wear down over time and eventually need to be replaced. The most common brake repair performed is the replacement of brake pads (or shoes). Whether composed of ceramic, semi-metallic, or organic materials, brake pads erode each time you depress the brake pedal. If the pads wear down too much without being replaced, then the metal housing for the pads will make contact with the metal rotors (or drums). Not only a safety issue but a situation where the rotors/drums need to be replaced as a result of the prolonged contact of metal parts without the pad buffer.

Your vehicle provides several warning signs before your brakes may reach the point of potential failure or extensive repair. Simply using your sense of hearing, sight and touch may alert you to potential problems. Here are some common questions you should ask yourself concerning your vehicle’s brake system:

  • Does your brake warning light come on when you are driving?
  • Is your brake fluid low, or appear very dirty?
  • Do you hear a grinding sound or a squealing sound when you apply the brake pedal?
  • Do you feel a pulsation or some sponginess in the brake pedal when it is depressed?
  • Does your vehicle steer or pull to one side when braking?

These are the most common signs that can suggest potential brake system problems that need attention. Any other sights, sounds or sensations in the brake system that seem out of the ordinary also should be taken into consideration. Most times, brake system problems only will escalate if disregarded.

Why Discount Tire & Service?

Technicians at Discount Tire & Service are trained to service today’s complex brake systems. They can inspect your vehicle’s braking system to ensure that it is functioning properly or to diagnose problems, offer suggestions and repair estimates. From brake pad replacement and servicing rotors to replacing brake cylinders and addressing Anti-Lock Brake System issues, Discount Tire & Service provides full repair service for all your vehicle’s brake components. Additionally, we can perform routine maintenance as suggested by your vehicle’s manufacturer. Most often this is a brake system flush, which involves the removal of air and moisture from brake lines and the replacement of brake fluid. Whatever your vehicle’s brake system needs, Discount Tire & Service can perform the service to help ensure its proper working condition. Trust Discount Tire & Service for your vehicle’s brake service maintenance and repairs.

Steering and Suspension Services

Keeping your vehicle on the straight and narrow is a top concern of our auto technicians. We offer a wide selection of steering and alignment services to best fit your needs.

Our Alignment Services include:
  • Alignment check
  • Inspect steering and suspension system including tire condition and air pressure
  • Put vehicle on alignment rack, mount and compensate sensors
  • Print out alignment readings
  • Standard Alignment
  • Put vehicle on alignment rack, mount and compensate sensors
  • Inspect steering and suspension system including tire condition and air pressure
  • Print out initial alignment readings
  • Adjust alignment angles to manufacturer’s specifications
  • Print out final alignment readings to verify alignment is within specification
  • Road test vehicle
Super Alignment Services

In addition to the Standard Alignment services, we:

  • perform a four wheel tire rotation
  • balance all four wheels on our state-of-the art computerized balancing equipment
Our Steering and Suspensions Services

Worn steering, suspension and drive line components can cause noise, vibration, premature tire wear and misalignment. That’s why we perform a complete steering and suspension system inspection with every alignment. By replacing worn parts you regain steering control and handling which will return your vehicle to its original operating performance.

  • Ball Joints
  • Bushings
  • Sway Bar Links
  • Center Links
  • Idler Arms/Pitman Arms
  • Rack and Pinion Units
  • Tie Rod Ends/Sleeves
  • CV Joints/Boots
  • CV Axle Half Shafts
  • Shock Absorbers
  • MacPherson Struts/Cartridges

Engine Services

Every engine has different needs, depending on past use and driving conditions. That’s why we offer a range of engine services, from simple checks to more involved repairs.

Our Engine Services include:

Standard Tune-up

  • Visual inspection of engine components
  • Install new spark plugs
  • Set timing and idle (if applicable)

Plus Tune-up:

  • Visual inspection of engine components
  • Install new spark plugs
  • Set timing and idle (if applicable)
  • Filter package (includes air and fuel filter)

Premium Tune-up:

  • Visual inspection of engine components
  • Install new spark plugs
  • Set timing and idle (if applicable)
  • Filter package (includes air and fuel filter)
  • Fuel system cleaning
Other Engine Services

Your auto’s engine occasionally may require more than a tune-up. After inspecting your vehicle, our technicians may recommend other services for the health of your engine.

  • Oil & Oil Filter Change
  • Lubricaton Service
  • Spark Plug Replacement
  • Air Filters
  • Fuel Filters
  • Fuel Pump
  • Crank Case Vent Filters
  • Vapor Canister Filters
  • PCV Valves
  • Ignition Wires
  • Ignition Module
  • Emissions
  • Engine Sensors Including “O2” Sensor
  • Coil Packs
  • Distributor Cap & Rotor

Starting and Charging

Problems with starting or charging could be caused by starter, alternator or battery failure. Our technicians can perform a series of tests to determine the cause and recommend what services your vehicle needs to fix the problem.

Our Starting and Charging Services include:

Electrical System Test
Any diagnosis of the electrical system begins with a complete Electrical System test. Our technicians will check the operating functions of key components that keep your vehicle’s electrical system running properly, including:

  • Alternator
  • Starter
  • Battery
  • Battery cables

If our Electrical System Test finds a problem with any of these components, our experienced technicians can repair or replace them and get you back on the road with peace of mind.

Battery Diagnostics and Replacement

Fixing starting and charging problems may involve replacing your vehicle’s battery. With our knowledge and technology, we can determine if installing a new battery is necessary, or if another repair is needed.

ED-18 battery check

A simple, quick check of your battery, this early detection test not only determines if your battery is good or bad, but it also can detect if the battery is in marginal condition and predict at what temperature it will be likely to fail.

Replacement

Installation of brand new high quality batteries with excellent warranties* to meet your needs.

Maintenance

Battery terminal cleaning and anti-corrosion spraying to ensure your vehicle starts in any weather.

Tire Services

When it comes to tires we are the professionals. Our technicians will fully inspect your tires to make the right recommendations concerning repair or replacement. We offer a full line of tires and tire services.

Heating and Cooling

Keeping your vehicle cool under the hood may only mean a quick part replacement, or it could involve more complex repairs. Our technicians can perform a detailed inspection of your vehicle’s cooling systems to determine what work is needed.

Most vehicle manufacturers recommend replacement of the anti-freeze at scheduled intervals. Unlike many service shops that just perform a “drain-and-fill”, Discount Tire & Service provides a complete radiator flushing service that includes the following:

  • Inspect system and pressure test for leaks
  • Add flush chemicals to the radiator
  • Power flush chemicals to the radiator
  • Refill system with proper amount of recycled anti-freeze
  • Add sealant/lubricant to the system
Radiator
  • Radiator Cap
  • Radiator Hoses
  • Radiator Fan/Fan Clutch
  • Anti-freeze
  • Water Pump
  • Thermostat
  • Fan Belts
  • Serpentine Belt
  • Cooling Sensor
  • Heater Core
  • Heater Hoses
Our Air Conditioning System

Every ride in your car should be cool and comfortable. That’s why we offer a variety of air conditioning services and repairs. We specialize in the following key services:

A/C Diagnostics and Repair
  • Visually inspect A/C components

Run performance test including:

  • System state of charge test
  • System control test
  • Perform leak test using approved electronic leak detector
  • If a slow leak cannot be detected, a dye detection service may need to be performed.
A/C Retrofit

Our A/C Retrofit service may be needed for vehicles made before 1993, which use costly refrigerant for air conditioning. The service includes the following:

  • Visually inspect A/C components
  • Convert system to use modern refrigerant
  • If conversion cannot be performed, installation of new compressor may be necessary

 

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