We're Answering Your Brake Repair Questions

November 16th, 2015
Brake Repair in Baton Rouge, LAAt Chabill’s Tire & Auto Service in Baton Rouge, LA, we do a lot of brake service on customers’ vehicles. Not surprisingly, we also get a lot of questions about brake repair, so we’d like to clear a few of them up here. 
 
My brakes are making a pretty loud squeal when I step on them. Do I need brake service? 
 
Not necessarily. Sometimes brake squeal is coming from a simple vibration between the brake rotor and the pads. In these cases, there are aerosol products and other compounds that can quiet brake squeal. 
 
What kind of noises do worn brakes make, then? 
 
Most brake pads are designed with a we ...[more]
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Everything You Want To Know About Wheel Alignments

November 2nd, 2015
Wheel Alignment in Lafayette, LAAt Chabill’s Tire & Auto Service in Lafayette, LA, wheel alignments are a big part of the services that we offer. Not surprisingly, we do get questions about wheel alignments from time to time, and we’d like to hopefully clear a few of them up. 
 

What exactly is wheel alignment? 

 
When your car leaves the factory, the wheels are set at very specific angles in relation to each other and to the car’s frame. Engineers set these angles for optimum ride quality, handling and steering response. In time, with enough wear and tear, your steering and suspension components will drift away from those alignment specs, and your car will begin to show premature tire wear and handling/drivability problems.
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Why Is Quality Motor Oil So Important?

August 8th, 2015

Oil Changes in Lafayette, LAConsider for a moment what’s required of your motor oil. It has to provide a film of lubrication between metal parts, so that they can freely move against each other without friction, overheating or damage. It has to trap the carbon byproducts of combustion and suspend them so they can be trapped by the paper element in your oil filter. It has to neutralize the acids that are produced during the combustion process. It also has to reduce heat in parts of the engine that aren’t surrounded by a water jacket for cooling. It can’t get too thick in the winter, which would make it hard to circulate on a cold day, but it can’t thin out too much in the summer either. That’s a lot to ask of one substance!

Older motor oils didn’t include additives like detergents and other modifiers that ...[more]

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Help: My Car Won’t Start!

June 18th, 2015
Battery Repair in Lafayette, LAFew things are more frustrating than turning your ignition key and hearing the anemic “click…click…click” that means you’re not going anywhere…or worse yet, hearing nothing at all. There are a few reasons that might be happening (and chances are it won’t involve major auto repair). Like with any good diagnostic process, we’ll start with the simplest causes and work our way from there: 
 
Key Won’t Turn At All – This one’s pretty simple. Since the 70s, cars have featured an ignition lock that makes it impossible to steer the vehicle if a thief hot-wires it. Try turning the wheel a couple of degrees in either direction ...[more]
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How to Avoid Breaking the Bank with Brake Repair

February 27th, 2015

brake repair in lafayette and baton rouge, laComparable to most auto repairs- complications with vehicle brakes are notably less complex when addressed before becoming a major issue. However, many drivers are not familiar with their brake systems, thus when signs of damage appear they are unrecognized. Consult the certified technicians of Chabill's Tire & Auto Service in Baton Rouge, LA and Lafayette, LA to assist you in becoming more knowledgeable about brake repair detection signs and what steps to take when brakes wear down.

Recognizable indicators of necessary brake repair often begins with familiar noises of unpleasant grinding, squealing and rubbing. Dismissing unnatural noises is detrimental to the lifeline of any vehicle as vehicle disrepair is already in the works. Chabill's Tire & Auto Service unders ...[more]

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$10 Off Oil Change

April 3rd, 2014

oil change lafayette laIn this economy we do anything to save a dollar: not going on vacation, eating in, buying generic and even skipping routine auto maintenance. Skipping an oil change or brake check to save a buck seems harmless in the short run, but exactly how harmless is skipping one oil change? The average American spends $120 a year on oil changes, while the average engine replacement is over $4,000. While skipping one oil change might seem frugal in the moment, it could be very costly in the long run.

Save penny pinching for the grocery store. At Chabill's Tire & Auto Service staff understands you are on a tight budget and wants to help their thrifty customers in the Baton Rouge/Lafayette area by providing $10 off oil, lube and filter changes at all 14 locatio ...[more]

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