Great Falls Auto Service provides complete maintenance and repair services on domestic and foreign cars, sports utility vehicles (SUVs), and light trucks.
Making sure your brakes are working properly is critical to your safety. That’s why it’s so important for you to be aware of how your brakes work, and to be alert for signs that your brakes need maintenance.
There are several warning signs that your vehicle can give you before your brakes may reach the point of potential failure or extensive repair. Simply using your sense of hearing, sight and touch may alert you to a potential problem.
Signs you may need brake service:
- Does your brake warning light come on when you are driving?
- Is your brake fluid low, or appear very dirty?
- Do you hear a grinding sound or a squealing sound when you apply the brake pedal?
- Do you feel a pulsation or some sponginess in the brake pedal when it is depressed?
- Does your vehicle steer or pull to one side when braking?
These are the most common signs that can suggest a potential brake system problem that should be addressed. Any other sights, sounds or sensations in the brake system that seem out of the ordinary should also be taken into consideration. Most times, brake system problems will only escalate if disregarded.
Your car’s exhaust is crucial to its performance. While the exhaust system is primarily designed to reduce noise, it is also responsible for reducing harmful emissions. A properly functioning muffler and exhaust system not only sounds better but is better for the environment.
Great Falls Auto Service takes pride in providing high-quality mufflers, pipes, and other exhaust components and offers a full range of exhaust service options.
A properly running engine can not only save you money on gas but can also save you hundreds of dollars in costly repair. The certified technicians of Great Falls Auto Service will perform a thorough inspection of your engine and determine the cause of the problem. You may be in need of engine repair if your car is doing any of the following:
- Engine warning light comes on
- Engine knocks while accelerating
- Gas mileage is lower than it used to be
- Engine stalls or runs rough while idling
Suspension and Alignment
Many things affect how vehicles ride including weight distribution, speed, road conditions and wind. It is important for all these variables that the vehicle suspension system, including the shocks, struts, and springs must be in good condition. Worn suspension components may reduce the stability of the vehicle and reduce driver control. They may also accelerate wear on other suspension components.
Replacing worn or inadequate shocks and struts will help maintain good ride control as they:
- Control spring and suspension movement
- Provide consistent handling and braking
- Prevent premature tire wear
- Help keep the tires in contact with the road
- Maintain dynamic wheel alignment
- Control vehicle bounce, roll, sway dive and acceleration squat
- Reduce wear on other vehicle systems
- Promote even and balanced tire and brake wear
To maintain control of your car, your wheels must be in proper alignment. If not, steering will become difficult, your tires will wear unevenly and your fuel economy will decrease. At Great Falls Auto Service our highly trained tire specialists use computerized alignment equipment to diagnose your vehicles specific alignment angles. We also inspect and repair steering components associated with your alignment if necessary. All Alignments come with a standard 6 months or 6000 Mile Warranty.
Great Falls Auto Service repairs all major and minor electrical systems.
The computer/electrical system operates everything from air conditioning, radios, air bags, alarm systems, anti-lock braking systems, traction control, ride control and cruise control to electronic digital and analog instrument panels, automatic transmissions and emission and engine controls. These computers can cost from $250 to as much as $1,500, depending on what they control!
Avoid unnecessary repair and parts costs! We have the latest computerized diagnostic equipment, a computerized information system, and experienced ASE Certified Technicians who are trained to properly care for your car. Our complete computerized engine analysis can save you money by correctly diagnosing your vehicle’s problems right from the start.