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Brake pad and rotor bed-in process shown at Hollenshades Auto Service in Baltimore MD
23 Jun

Brake Pad and Rotor Bed-In

In 2015, the automotive industry, EPA, and U.S. states agreed to reduce the use of copper and other materials in motor vehicle brake pads. This agreement calls for reducing copper in brake pads to less than 5% by weight in 2021, and 0.5% by 2025. Typically, a brake pad is made from a mixture of […]

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Up close image of a cracked tire
08 Jun

Why Rubber Cracks on Tires and How to Prevent It

Over time, tires are exposed to precipitation, brake dust, chemicals, sunlight, and temperature fluctuation from summer to winter. While tires have anti-aging chemicals within the rubber to help protect them, exposure to these elements can cause rubber to lose some of its elasticity, which then causes the surface to age and crack. Under normal circumstances, […]

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A mechainc with a new tire
12 Apr

Choosing the Right Tires for Your Car

Selecting tires for your car is an important choice. Tires need to be quality, durable, and appropriate for your specific vehicle in order to last a long time. There are a few things all drivers should consider before buying. Read on for more on choosing the right tires for your car. Tire Size First, consult […]

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Shock absorber mount
20 Dec

What You Should Know About Shock and Strut Mounts

Shocks are one of the most overlooked components on modern vehicles. All of us can take for granted how amazing vehicles of the last few decades ride and handle compared to generations past. Shocks and struts are largely responsible for the performance we now appreciate. Properly functioning shocks and struts are also a major contributor […]

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A mechanic replacing a car battery.
19 Nov

5 Signs Your Car Battery Needs to be Replaced

The battery is a critical part of starting and powering a vehicle. It provides the zap of electricity needed to put all the rest of the electrical components to work. However, like other kinds of batteries, they are not made to last forever, and will need to be replaced from time to time. The following […]

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Woman With Car Troubles
23 Aug

Mass Air Flow Sensor: What It Is and Signs of Failure

What is a Mass Air Flow Sensor? The mass air flow sensor (MAF) is a key component of the electronic fuel injection system in a car. It is located between the air filter and the engine’s intake manifold. In some cars, the intake air temperature (IAT) sensor is built into the mass air flow sensor. […]

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What to Do if Your Car Does Not Pass a Safety Inspection
21 Jul

What to Do if Your Car Does Not Pass a Safety Inspection

Failing a vehicle safety inspection can be frustrating. You’ve most likely taken time out of your busy schedule to get the test done, only to learn you need to make two more stops: first to your local mechanic and then back to the inspection station. Vehicles need to be inspected after being purchased or registered […]

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importance of tire rotation
16 Jul

The Importance of Regular Tire Rotation

Shocks and struts are an essential part of a vehicle’s ability to operate smoothly and safely. However, Tire rotation is the process of changing the position of each of the four tires on a vehicle. For vehicle owners, regular tire rotation is an essential part of regular maintenance. It will extend tire lifespan and improve […]

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tire rotation vs alignment hollenshades
03 May

The Difference Between Tire Alignment and Tire Rotation

Tires are some of the most important parts of a car. Up-to-date tires that receive regular maintenance can extend the lifetime of a vehicle and decrease the chance of an accident. A major part of ensuring your tires are in good condition is visiting your local auto repair shop regularly for vehicle maintenance and check-ups. […]

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