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Do you understand how your vehicle’s brake system works? The brake system is one of the most critical safety systems in your vehicle. The quality of your brake’s is also important, especially when driving in the ice, snow, and slush. But, do you understand how your vehicle’s brake system works?

How does the brake system work?How Do Brakes Work?
You may have heard terms thrown around, like; “caliper”, “drum brakes”, “hydraulic system”, but do you understood how they work together from pushing the brake pedal to stopping the car? A very basic explanation is as follows:

  • When you push the brake pedal it depresses a piston, which then creates hydraulic pressure in the master cylinder, forcing fluid along the pipe.
  • The brake fluid travels to slave cylinders at each wheel and fills them, forcing pistons out to apply the brakes.
  • Fluid pressure distributes itself evenly around the system.
  • The calipers and wheel cylinders use that pressure to squeeze the brake pads and/or shoes against rotors and/or drums to stop your car.

There are different types of brakes: Disc and Drum. Disc Braking Systems are typically used on more expensive or high-performance cars, while Drum Braking Systems are used on older or smaller cars

Trouble Signs and Symptoms
Brakes are a normal wear item for any car and will eventually need replacement. If you are experiencing any of the following symptoms or have any other concerns or issues with your vehicle, please contact Sierra Car Care and MST Tire Center and we will be happy to help:

  • Car pulls to one side during braking
  • Brake pedal pulsates when you apply the brakes
  • Brake pedal feels “mushy”
  • Noise when you step on the brake pedal
  • Repeatedly need to add brake fluid to the
    master cylinder
  • Brake and/or ABS warning light

In the event of an emergency, we will schedule your vehicle at one of our 5 service repair shops in the Reno and Sparks area. Let us know if you need Roadside Assistance. Our goal is to guide you through the diagnostics and repair process and to get you safely back on the road.

what is a brake system flush?Brake System Flush
Another important part of your brake system is the brake fluid quality. It is vital that the brake fluid in the system remains clean and clear of debris. With a brake system flush, the hydraulic fluid in the brake reservoir, lines, and other parts of the system will be removed and replaced with fresh fluid.

Our warranty covers all parts and labor for 36 months or 36,000 miles, whichever comes first.

We know there are a lot of choices out there for auto repair, it is our privilege to serve you and your vehicle. We’re proud of our top notch workmanship and high quality parts. You can take confidence in that when you get back on the road.

Gas for Goodness: Supporting Our Community

 Charity Logo's

Non-Profit Organizations we have
supported in the past, with the
Gas for Goodness Program.

There are so many worthwhile causes in this town that we would love to support, but we cannot seem to keep up with all of them. That is where you come in, we need your help!

We would like to find a different charity each month that supports our community in a beneficial and rewarding way. If you are a charity or would like to nominate a charity for us to consider for Charity of the Month, please submit your suggestion at our Main Office through our online form.

Each charity chosen will be highlighted in our monthly e-mail newsletter, Facebook, and blog article for further publicity for the program, cause, event, or charity.

Please refer your favorite causes, programs, charities, organizations so that we may extend our financial support. Together we can help build a better world.

Send more than one recommendation as we will need more for the future as well. Thank you for your time and continued support.

For more information,visit: www.SierraCarCare.com
Thanks for supporting our community!

Carefree vacation time

Here are a few vehicle maintenance tips to keep your family on the road, while saving you money this summer.

Whether you choose to perform minor check-ups  and repairs yourself or you prefer a professional mechanic look it over, here are a few tips that  can keep you safe before you hit the road.

We want your journey to be as carefree as your vacation.

Tire Pressure
Check tire pressure to make sure all tires, including the spare, are properly inflated and have been rotated. You will benefit by getting higher gas mileage and a decreased chance of blowout.

Also, if your tires have been filled with nitrogen, we suggest re-filling with nitrogen as well. You can see our MST Tire Center (formerly known as Mill Street Tire) for Nitrogen Services.

Tire TreadTire Tread Comparison MST Tire Center or Mill Street Tire
Check the tread depth of all your vehicle and trailer tires before you go.Put a penny in the tread and if you can’t see Lincoln, you are safe to hit the road. But if you can see the top of Lincoln’s head, the tire tread is likely too low.

You may need to invest in new tires before any long road trips or off-roading. Go to any of our  5 locations for new tire recommendations and check out our current tire specials here.

Brakes
Do your brakes squeak, squeal, or grind, or does your pedal feel “soft”? If the last inspection was more than 24,000 miles or 12 months ago, you may need your brakes inspected by a professional ASE certified technician.

Oil
Make sure the oil in your vehicle is filled up to the fill line and you can still “see through” it. An oil change is recommended every 3,000 to 5,000 miles. But, if the oil is black, that is usually an indication you need to change the oil and filter.

We offer a Buy one, Get one oil change FREE Deal. See the yellow coupon below for details.

Transmissions and Gear Boxes
Are you hauling a trailer or any toys, like; boats, ATVs, or motorcycles?  You may want to check and/or change the transmission fluid in your vehicle before you make that long haul.

Lights and Windshield WipersWindshield Wipers at Sierra Car Care
Walk around the vehicle and make sure all lights are in working order and your light casings are clean. If your wiper blades are worn out, they may need replacing.

Learn more
In many cases, early detection of engine or tire problems can be the difference between $ and  $$$. Bring your vehicle into any of our Reno or  Sparks locations for a FREE Vehicle Inspection. Includes: test antifreeze, battery, charging system, belts, hoses, fluids, and tires!

Our fully qualified ASE Certified Technicians will do everything possible to keep your vehicle running safely and efficiently.

Please visit: www.sierracarcare.com
for a location nearest you.

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SPECIAL OFFER: Buy One Oil Change, Get One FREE!
Come in for an oil change and receive a free oil change voucher good for up to one year. Pass it to a friend, loved one, or keep it for yourself.
Offer Expires: June 30, 2013
Mention Coupon Code: FREE OIL
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Gas for goodnessScoutreach Boy Scouts of America

Every Wednesday in June, we’ll make a donation to a local charity for every gallon of gas sold from our Sierra Car Care/MST Tire Centers. And we’ll donate $1.00 per tire sold each Saturday at MST Tire Center on Mill Street.

All donations in June will support Scoutreach. This sponsorship will allow 45 boys to go to day and overnight summer camps that would not be able to attend otherwise.

The Scoutreach Division gives special leadership and emphasis to urban and rural Scouting programs. Scoutreach is the Nevada Area Council’s commitment to making sure that all young people have an opportunity to join Scouting, regardless of their circumstances, neighborhood or ethnic background.

“I think that being a scout is good for learning about sportsmanship, responsibility, and team work.  Some skills that I have learned being a scout are tying knots, jamboree, and teamwork.”  Andy,  Anderson Elementary

“Cub Scouts is helping me in everyday life because it has taught me about team work.  It teaches me to how be a leader, and I just like it because we learn to work together as a team.  That is why I like being a cub scout.”  Jordan D.,  Alice Maxwell Elementary

So when you need gas or new tires, you can also support our local Nevada Scoutreach Division by visiting any of our 5 locations on Wednesdays for gas and Saturdays for tires (Mill Street location only).

For more information,visit: www.Scoutreach.org
Thanks for supporting our community!

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