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Volvo Wheel Alignment Services

Volvo Wheel Alignment

Volvo cars have been around for quite a while, and the consistency in the quality of the cars they manufacture is a major contributing factor to their popularity in the market. However, the wheels and suspension system of the Volvo are a bit finicky and are usually a common trouble spot for Volvo owners. A Volvo wheel alignment is usually recommended in such situations.

What is the Essence of a Volvo Wheel Alignment?

A wheel alignment simply entails the alignment of all four wheels in a car such that the tires are calibrated, so the wheels are in line with the direction of rotation. When your wheels are properly aligned, the steering is easier to maneuver, fuel economy becomes more efficient, and your car tires wear out more evenly and less frequently. Essentially, proper wheel alignment guarantees a satisfactory and safe driving experience.

How to Know if Your Volvo Needs a Wheel Alignment

Misaligned wheels cannot go unnoticed, and as a driver, it is important that you know and are alert to the signs of a potential wheel misalignment. Symptoms of misaligned wheels are best observed when the car is in motion. Vibrations all through the passenger’s cabin from the steering wheel to the seats and floorboards, wobbling steering wheel and uneven tread wear pattern on the tires are all signs that you are driving with an improper wheel alignment. Additionally, if your vehicle seems to be veering off course while driving whether you are at normal speed, accelerating or braking, your Volvo is unstable and is in dire need of a wheel alignment.

How Do We Perform a Volvo Wheel Alignment?

If you are experiencing any of the above symptoms, then it is best you bring your car in for maintenance and servicing. While misaligned wheels do not pose much of a threat to the rest of the vehicle, if left unchecked, they are bound to cause the tires to wear out prematurely. Our wheel alignment services are based on the manufacturer’s recommended specifications that way you can enjoy a driving experience similar to what you had when you first bought your Volvo.

A wheel misalignment can be initiated by accident, deteriorating road conditions and wear and tear of the tires. In other words, while driving, you should take extra care to avoid potholes, curbs, parking blocks, road dividers and essentially anything that can nudge the wheels and steering of your Volvo out of alignment. Wheel alignment is recommended as part of the routine maintenance of your vehicle as it will go a long way in ensuring a more enjoyable and smoother drive.

Brake Repair Services

Brake Repair

The use for brakes naturally arose when humans began traveling using transportation techniques other than their legs. Whether it is by land, air or sea, the need for brakes mitigates the risk of accidents which cause injuries and even death. With the popular rise of the automobile in the United States, accidents became a daily occurrence. However, two things occurred which increased fatalities: 1.) High-speed highways became the norm, and 2.) Vehicles became cheaper but more powerful.
Since fatalities from car accidents were on the rise, society realized that safety standards need to be developed and enforced to protect consumers. So, by 1970, the National Highway Traffic Administration was formed to combat the rise in fatalities and instill a culture of “safety first” in automobile design.
Recently, the NHTA is now adding the need for an Automatic Emergency Braking feature to qualify for a 5-star rating. So, having a well-designed braking system is a big part of an overall process of avoiding injury from car accidents. But how do car brakes work?

How Brakes Work

Understanding how brakes work will help you look out or any irregularities in your braking system, therefore increasing safety on the road for everyone. The braking systems of today use multiple sensors and electronics to stop a car as quickly as possible. Nonetheless, the primary braking system is still used.
When you press the braking pedal, that pressure moves a piston in the master cylinder, forcing braking fluid to enter the brake lines to the calipers and wheel cylinders. The force applied to the brake pedal is therefore proportional to the force applied to the pistons.
The calipers in disk brakes and wheel cylinders in drum brakes are connected to disk pads and braking shoes respectively. The pistons push the disk pads or braking shoes onto the rotor or wall, causing friction and resulting in the decreased rotation of the wheel.

Components of the Braking System

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Braking systems include either disk brakes or drum brakes. Disk Brakes are comprised of a disc/rotor, calipers, disk pads and hardware necessary to mount the components to the car. The caliper is connected to the hoses and wires that send the braking fluid when the brake pedal is depressed.
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Drum brakes are comprised of a drum/braking plate, brake shoes, a wheel cylinder, and hardware to mount the components. The wheel cylinder is connected to the hoses and wires send the braking fluid when the brake pedal is depressed.

Braking Fluid

Water used to be used as a braking fluid in the past. However, the braking process causes temperatures to rise past the boiling point of water. This causes water to vapor resulting in brake failure.
Braking fluid is a hydraulic fluid with a high boiling point. Hydraulic fluids are used to transfer power, in this case, from the pedal to the calipers and cylinders while surviving high temperatures caused by braking. Braking fluid also protects against corrosion of systems it comes in contact with.

When to Schedule your Car for Brake Services

This is what to look for to bring your car in for brake services:
  • Noise or grinding coming from the brakes
  • Brake pedal feels spongy or soft when pressed
  • Car veers a certain way when the brakes are pressed
  • Brake fluid level in the master cylinder is low
  • Brake system Warning Lamp is on

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