How to Know When Car Brakes Need Replacing

Periodic brake inspection is something that should be done to prevent surprises from occurring. Here we an example of rotors. These are the actual friction material of brake pads. This is a rotor that is worn and also a case of something that has gone way too far.

We can see here the shiny outside is an indication that things have gotten, as they say, metal to metal. This is a brake pad that is about 75% worn. This one, all of the friction material is completely gone and we’re actually down to the steel backer. So what’s happened here is that this steel backer has been actually pressing right up against the steel of the rotor itself. So how do you know where things are gone? Do you tell if things are getting close?

There are many different ways that you can tell some brake pads contain a warning tab. This warning tab here is designed to scrape against the rotor. When things start getting close, it will actually make a squealing noise. Many brake pads are not equipped with these, and the only way to tell if your brakes are getting close to going is through an actual inspection.

How to Repair a Hole in a Gas Tank

Today we’re going to talk about the proper way to repair a hole in the gas tank. Late-model automobiles have two types of materials that the gas tanks are made out of. It’s usually steel or plastic. The advantages of the plastic are they won’t rot. However, it is very possible that they could be punctured. If they’re punctured, they will have to be replaced.

A still gas tank, on the other hand, has had to deal with moisture and salt road debris. Anything else that’s flying up from the bottom of the road and rust will destroy a gas tank. If this happens, there’s a couple of different ways that it can be repaired. First and foremost, there are kits available that you would simply plug the hole, clean the gas tank up and put fiberglass over the affected area. In my experience and professional opinion, this is not the correct way to do this.

It is not worth your time and effort to go through that process, so that leaves you with two options. You’re going to have to either take it to a welder to have it professionally welded or replace it. Replacement is probably your most cost-effective and economical way to repair the hole in the gas tank.