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ABS Keeps You Off Skid Row

ABS Keeps You Off Skid Row

If your car has ever started skidding on a wet or icy road, you know how frightening it is to lose control of both steering and braking. Now, picture that same scenario while trying to land a plane on a short, narrow landing strip. Anti-lock braking systems first appeared in aircraft and then motorcycles before the technology became available in production autos. Since it has been a standard safety feature for decades, many of today's drivers have never driven an automobile without ABS. The anti-lock brake system was devised to prevent wheel lock-up during a skid. It does this by applying and releasing the brakes up to fifteen times per second, depending on the optimal rate for maintaining or regaining control. In the days before ABS, new drivers were taught to pump the brakes in an emergency traction-loss situation. With ABS, you are su ... read more

8 Red Flags For Used Car Shoppers

At I-86 Truck & Auto Repair, we hate to see people get scammed when buying used vehicles. Protect yourself by watching out for these signs of a bad deal. 1. Seller Refuses Mechanic's Inspection If the seller doesn't allow you to take the automobile to I-86 Truck & Auto Repair for a pre-purchase used car examination, they are probably hiding something. 2. Dealer Complaints Online customer reviews are a great tool when researching any business, but they are especially critical for a big-ticket purchase. 3. Odd Transaction Terms Escrow accounts, bank wire transfers, upfront deposits, overseas delivery, no face-to-face contact, the seller was unexpectedly called up for military deployment, claim of PayPal or eBay guarantee, etc. Buying locally is safest. 4. Excessive Rust Rust compromises the structural int ... read more

Your Parking Brake and You

Your Parking Brake and You

It goes by many names: parking brake, emergency brake, handbrake, E brake. When used properly it can be one of the most important safety features on your vehicle. This secondary breaking system was created to be used in the case of brake system failure. These days most of the safety benefit comes from using it when you park your car. There are four forms of parking brakes: 1. Center lever, placed between the two front seats of the auto 2. Pedal, on the far left of all the floor pedals 3. Stick lever, located under the instrument panel (less typical on newer autos) 4. Electric or push button, found on the console controls in late-model cars Many car owners only decide to use the parking brake when they park on steep hills. This is a serious mistake, especially if you are driving a manual transmission vehicle. Get into the ha ... read more

Road Trip Inspiration

  The term "National Scenic Byway" is an official designation bestowed by the US Department of Transportation. To qualify, a route must have archeological, cultural, historic, natural, or recreational significance. Or it can merely offer drop-dead gorgeous panoramas. Let's look at some of the drives our country has to offer: Maui’s Hana Highway Hana Highway is a 64.4 mile segment of highway between Kahului and Hana on the island of Maui. It takes two and a half hours to drive this road when no stops are made. But you will want to stop at many stunning vistas. We suggest planning half a day to explore this gem. Miami to Key West Overseas Highway (pictured) From Miami to Key West, this 160-mile drive (and engineering marvel) will have you ‘ooh-ing’ and 'aah-ing' the whole way.  Old San Juan, Puerto Rico We wanted to recognize a route that is often overlooked in articles about scenic ... read more