Tuesday, May 26, 2015

Top Signs Your Brakes Are Giving Out

Good Morning,

We hope that everyone enjoyed their holiday weekend, and we thank all those brave men and women who gave their lives for our country!

As you know here at Burdette Brothers we not only sell used cars, but we also have a full-service auto service & repair shop on-premise. Replacing brakes and brake pads are one of the most common services we do for our clients so today we are sharing an article on the signs that your brakes are giving out. It's very important to know when it's time to fix your brakes before it's too late and it causes you to have an accident, etc.  Take a look at the article below and see if you know the top signs your brakes are giving out!  Also, to schedule an appointment with our auto service department please contact us at www.burdettebrothers.com

Top Signs Your Brakes Are Giving Out
Jan 23, 2014
By Staff Writer
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Brakes are a vital safety feature of any vehicle, and getting acquainted with your brake system should be a priority. “The braking system on your vehicle is critical in keeping you and your passengers alive and well and your vehicle out of the body shop,” says James Solomon, Defensive Driving Courses program development and training director with the National Safety Council.

Protect yourself by knowing the warning signs of brake damage or failure—and knowing how to react.

Possible Causes

Brake damage or failure can be caused by a number of factors including, but not limited to:
Improper or infrequent maintenance, such as low levels of brake fluid and worn brake pads and/or rotors

Undetected damage from an unknown source

Hauling a heavy trailer that doesn't have trailer brakes. This can overheat the vehicle's brakes and cause accelerated brake wear and damage.

Wear and tear from weather extremes—including, but not limited to, corrosion from road salt

Warning Signs
If you experience any of the following problems, it’s time to troubleshoot:
Odd noises. If tapping on the brakes causes a high-pitched squealing noise, you need to see a mechanic as soon as possible. Other suspect sounds? Scratching, scraping and grinding.

Irregular movements or feeling. If your vehicle pulls hard to the left or right when you stop, one side of your brakes is working optimally and the other isn’t, says Solomon. Brakes that sink to the floorboard or pulsate before they function—or a steering wheel that shakes—also are red flags that warrant attention.

Inability to stop quickly. An increased stopping distance indicates a problem with your brakes.

Warning lights. Perhaps the most obvious red flag: the brake warning light on your dashboard flashes when something is amiss.

How to React
If your brakes fail while you’re driving, remain calm, keep your focus on the road and take immediate action:
Activate your emergency flashers and honk your horn to alert other drivers.

Take your foot off the accelerator to begin slowing down, and carefully maneuver your vehicle to the right lane or shoulder. Be sure to signal properly and watch for other drivers.

Downshift to let the engine help slow the vehicle.

If your vehicle has anti-lock brakes, press down firmly on the brake pedal. If your car isn’t equipped with this safety system, pump the pedal.

Once you’ve decreased speed, engage the parking brake slowly and gradually. If you do this too quickly and with too much pressure, your wheels could lock up.

New Vehicle Tips
“Before purchasing a vehicle, inquire as to what type of braking system it has and the fail-safe system that backs it up,” says Solomon, who recommends asking the following questions while shopping:
Are you required to listen for a noise from the rotors or drums?

Is there a warning light system that warns of worn brakes?

If the yellow brake light on the instrument panel comes on, how long do you have to seek assistance?

If the red brake light on the instrument panel comes on, what do you do?

How often (in miles and months) should you have the brakes looked at by a certified brake professional?

In addition to familiarizing yourself with your brake system, make sure you’re well acquainted with your vehicle’s other safety features and never take them for granted.

The information in this article was obtained from various sources. While we believe it to be reliable and accurate, we do not warrant the accuracy or reliability of the information. These suggestions are not a complete list of every loss control measure. The information is not intended to replace manuals or instructions provided by the manufacturer or the advice of a qualified professional. Nor is it intended to effect coverage under any policy. State Farm makes no guarantees of results from use of this information. We assume no liability in connection with the information nor the suggestions made.
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Monday, May 18, 2015

Vehicle of the week: 2014 Toyota RAV4 LE

Good Afternoon!

This week we are featuring a beautiful 2014 Toyota Rav4 Limited Edition for sale on our lot! This Rav4 is in Barcelona Red Metallic and has only 18,410 miles on it.  It also has an Automatic transmission with Overdrive.  Priced at  $21,950. Be sure to stop by our lot in Hyattstown, Maryland (located right off I-270) and see this one for yourself! You can also contact us at www.burdettebrothers.com for more information.

Monday, May 11, 2015

Did you Know? Auto & Trailer Service Department

Here at Burdette Brothers, we not only sell great new & used trailers and cars, we also offer a full-service shop on-site!!

Mike and our friendly and courteous service team members are dedicated to help you keep your car or trailer in tip-top shape. Our service team ensures that all service representatives and technicians receive the proper guidance and training to keep up to date on the latest auto maintenance techniques.

Please call our auto service department for additional information or to schedule an appointment to get your car serviced: (301) 831-8855 or visit us online at www.burdettebrothers.com 

Monday, May 4, 2015


Good Afternoon!

This week we are featuring a 2014 FEATHERLITE 1586 FLATBED GN EQUIPMENT TRAILER for sale! This 2014 Commercial & Utility trailer is by Featherlite and is a model 1586 . The exterior color is Aluminum and it is a Gooseneck style trailer.

This flatbed trailer is 20′ long wood bed with a 5′ beavertail and 5′ aluminum ramps. It has a GVWR of 16,000 lbs and total trailer weight of 3,450 lbs with a Payload of 12,550 lbs.

Come stop by our lot in Hyattstown, Maryland today to see this trailer for yourself or call us at: (301) 831-8855