Bad Vibes (Disc brake rotor problems)

February 4, 2024

If you were to name the most important safety feature on your vehicle right now, what would your answer be? A lot of driving experts would agree that its your brakes. Most newer vehicles use a well-engineered and efficient style of brakes called disc brakes. The name disc brakes comes from one ... More

More than Pads and Rotors (Brake Caliper Replacement)

November 26, 2023

You might be familiar with brake pads and rotors, two components of your vehicle's brakes that have to be regularly serviced. Here's another important component of your brakes: the calipers. Calipers are used in disc brakes, the type of brakes now found in most recently manufactured vehicles. A... More

Them's the Brakes (Brake Rotor Resurfacing)

October 8, 2023

Your vehicle's brakes wear out. It's inevitable. You'll notice it when you step on the brake pedal and feel it harder to stop, or there's vibration when you are braking. Most modern vehicles have disc brakes that each use a brake pad that press on a disc (disc brakes!) called a rotor. The fric... More

Put the Brakes On! (Brake Caliper Replacement)

June 25, 2023

Keeping your vehicle's brakes in top shape is one of the most important things you can do for your safety and those on the road with you. Most drivers know a little about brake pads and rotors but maybe not so much about another brake component called the calipers. Disc brakes work by a mechanica... More

Bad Vibrations (Brake Rotor Replacement)

January 8, 2023

If youve ever stepped on your brake pedal and felt your vehicle vibrate, thats a signal that you shouldnt ignore. A pulsating brake pedal is a sign that something is wrong. Braking action should be smooth, sure, and quiet, not shaky and noisy. Most newer vehicles have disc brakes, called that b... More

It's Brake Time (Brake Calipers)

January 24, 2021

Race car drivers have demonstrated the advantages of disc brakes, so most modern vehicles use them. Sometimes just the front wheels have disc brakes, but many vehicles now have them all the way around. A major component of the disc brake is called a caliper. It works by squeezing brake pads ag... More

Growing Old Together (Maintaining an Older Vehicle)

January 17, 2021

More and more of us are hanging on to our vehicles longer. A company by the name of HIS Markit recently released a report that shows the average age of light vehicles in the U.S. is now 11.8 years. Light vehicles are cars, SUVs (sport utility vehicles) and CUVs (compact utility vehicles). In C... More

A Sticky Brake Situation (Parking Brake Service and Maintenance)

September 13, 2020

We've all been there. You park your vehicle on a steeper than usual hill and worry about it rolling down while you're running your errands. So you decide you'll use the parking brake. When you get back, you release the parking brake, hit the ignition, put it in gear anduh, ohyou can feel the p... More

What to Do After You Buy a Used Vehicle in Novi

April 14, 2020

So you've bought a used vehicle in the Novi area. Do you know what you're getting? It is hard to know what you're getting because people in the Novi area sell vehicles for different reasons. Think about why you've sold vehicles. Did you just want something new or were there problems that you wan... More

Braking News: Keep Your Stopping Power

April 13, 2020

Richard Petty once told AutoNetTV, You've gotta have good brakes. If you've got good brakes you can keep yourself out of a lotta trouble.That's why a regular brake inspection is on every Novi driver's maintenance schedule. An inspection by your service advisor at Sovel's Auto Service will check ... More