What’s the first line of defense in avoiding an accident in your Dallas Fort Worth Buick, or GMC? Your brakes of course. However, they will do little good if they are extremely worn. The good new is that changing your brake pads is a very easy job, even for a novice weekend mechanic. Plus, Freeman Grapevine knows that performing some of your own maintenance will save you some cash, and that’s a good thing.
Did you know that your front brake pads provide up to 70% of vehicle stopping power? that means that your front brake pads wear out twice as fast as rear brake pads. Replacing brake discs can vary depending on the make and model of car or truck, two wheel or four wheel drive. Always replace brake rotors with top quality, or OEM (original equipment manufacturer) brake rotors, some less expensive brake rotors can squeak and not dissipate heat as well because of their inferior metal quality.
Check out the video below, for a very detailed, step by step How-To instruction on changing your brake pads.
See! It’s not so hard. In fact you can probably do the whole job yourself in about 2 hours even with minimal experience under the hood of your car. However, if you are a little gun shy about working on your Dallas Fort Worth Buick, or GMC, don’t hesitate to bring it by Freeman Grapevine for an evaluation and repair if needed.
What does it mean to be “Professional Grade? Freeman Grapevine knows. It’s not just something GMC says, it’s something they live by. In the video below, GMC designer Jeff Perkins shares how unexpected things like power tools inspire designs that are uniquely GMC. Check out the video and see for yourself!
I just have to throw this out there. When it comes to attention to detail, driver comfort, power, fuel consumption and looks, you just can’t beat the power of GMC. Swing by and see me at Freeman Grapevine if you really want to experience the ultimate in premium appointments, top of the line components and about 1,000 other things that will make you say, “WOW!”
Kids, Kids, Kids, Freeman Grapevine loves kids. After all, we do sell some of the best family vehicles on the market in Buick and GMC. But, did you know that there are things you can do to child proof your car much in the same way you would your home? If you have kids yourself you probably already know this. However, if you are a new parent, you may have to live and learn before you realize that there are certain things you can do to help make your car a comfortable and safe place to be. I’m hoping to give you a little “heads-up” first.
There are 5 important things you can do to child proof your car.
1. Car seat: this is a no-brainer. It must fit your child and be anchored properly in the vehicle itself. A poorly secured seat can be just as much of a hazard a just plopping your child down and driving off. Read your owner’s manual for proper installation. If you are unsure, swing be Freeman Grapevine and we can put it in for you. Also keep in mind that your child must fit in that seat, so if you are trying to cram your toddler into a newborn sized car seat, you are creating a hazard.time for a bigger seat.
2. Keep them distracted: Having an unruly or overly playful child in the back can be a distraction to you and affect your focus on the road, so distract them back. Most new vehicles have options for entertainment systems, think about getting one in your new car. If you aren’t in the market for a new vehicle, iPods, soft books and soft toys are your best bet. The bottom line here is that if you have to correct any behavior while driving, you are setting yourself up for a potential problem.
3. Limit clutter and remove loose objects: these things become dangerous projectiles if you are ever in a collision with your child in the car. A 1lb toy can emit a lot of velocity and pressure if your car comes to a dead stop. So it stands to reason that a 10lb object can be deadly. If you don’t need it for that trip, just take it out.
4. Communicate: After your child grows past his or her toddler stage, the begin to be more inquisitive and interested in things such as door handles and automatic window buttons. Make it clear to your child, when they are the appropriate age, that while in the car, they need to obey the rules of riding in the car. For starters, tell your child: don’t scream; don’t throw; and don’t unfasten your seat belt. He or she might not always listen, but it’s important to at least try.
5. Obey the Rules of the Road: This one is for you, Mom and Dad. Be a safe driver. Leave a few minutes early so don’t have to rush. Don’t speed up to catch a yellow light. Don’t talk on your cell phone, eat a sandwich while you drive, or blast Bon Jovi on the radio. You have a child in the car and you can greatly improve his or her well being by simply being a safe driver.
If you have any questions or insights on this subject, don’t hesitate to leave me a comment or drop me a line at Freeman Grapevine.
If you are a “Do-It-Yourself-er”, then a lesson on changing your brake pads and rotors is going to be right up your alley. Here at Freeman Grapevine, we have changed out countless numbers a of brake pads and rotors, so if you had that DIY bug at first, but now think the job is a little too big for your skill set, you always have the option of bringing in your Buick, or GMC to Freeman.
Here, take a look and judge for yourself the difficulty level…
Apart from changing your own oil, given the proper tools and lifting apparatus, changing your brake pads and rotors can be done at your leisure at home, however it can be an arduous task for many. There’s never telling when the tool you have just aren’t going to be enough to to the job. Something as minute as a stubborn lug nut or caliper can derail your whole repair project.
Again, if you aren’t 100% confident in your ability to perform this task, all you have to do is bring it by Freeman Grapevine and we’ll take care of getting you back on the road with brakes that you can rely on!