Why are Wheel Alignments Important?

April 13th, 2015

Wheel Alignment in Baton Rouge LA

At Chabill’s Auto & Tire Service in Baton Rouge, LA, we know that the winter wasn’t as tough here as it was in many other parts of the country, but that doesn’t mean we don’t have more than our share of potholes and rough spots. The roads can be downright cruel to even the most well-maintained vehicle, with the most careful driver behind the wheel. Your car leaves the factory with the front wheels set to exact alignment, but bumps, potholes and curbs will inevitably change that. Studies have shown that 50-70% of the vehicles on the road are in need of a front end alignment. 
 
Chabill’s Auto & Tire Service in Baton Rouge, LA suggests that alignments should be part of a regular maintenance routine for your car or truck; i ...[more]
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Brake Problems Demystified

April 1st, 2015
brake repair in baton rouge laAt Chabill’s Tire & Auto Service in Baton Rouge, LA, we often get questions about how a car’s brake system actually works. For drivers, it’s important to know these details, so let’s break it down briefly here:
 
Disc brakes operate when brake pads (lined with a friction material) grab a smooth steel rotor, similar to the way that bicycle handbrakes grip a rim to provide braking. Over time, the friction material wears down, reducing braking effectiveness. If neglected for too long, the friction material wears down completely, exposing the steel backing, which can cut grooves into the rotors’ surface. Older cars used drum brakes for the rear wheels; in this design, brake shoes expand internally and rub against the lining of a metal drum. Again, worn shoes will ...[more]
  Posted in: Auto Repair 101