Brakes are a vital function for the driver that need to be well maintained to perform at their best. The brake caliper, brake pads, and brake rotor are the primary components of your car’s disc brake system. Your brake pads and rotors on all your cars can wear out eventually. 

When you press down on the brake pedal, the pressure is amplified by the hydraulic fluid to create friction at the wheels making the vehicle stop. Many vehicles are equipped with anti-lock braking systems that include a valve that regulates this pressure created to help prevent the brakes from locking up or forcing the car to spin out. 

Your driving habits, road conditions, and the types of brake pads your vehicle has can determine the life of your brake pads and rotors and how often you should replace them. 



Toward the end of summer, you may notice your car’s air condition system is not cooling as efficiently as it should. While the weather isn’t warm anymore, you may be thinking in the coming months, winter is a great time to have your air conditioning system recharged and repaired. We have put together a helpful guide to answer your air conditioning system questions and why you should repair your AC system before spring.



It has already been a long winter in the foothills of North Carolina. We typically see about nine inches of snow annually, but there is a lot of variation from year-to-year. Freezing rain and sleet often cause more problems for drivers than snow. Four people in Elkin, it is not uncommon to travel to the mountains for business or recreation. We are a little over an hour from the best ski resorts in North Carolina. Even if we are not experiencing adverse weather at home, you may encounter frozen precipitation in the higher elevations.

Wherever you are driving this winter, vehicle maintenance is vital to making sure you stay on the road. This is not the season to find yourself stranded. From oil changes to washing your car, here is what you can expect if you do not practice proper vehicle maintenance this winter.



We just made it through Christmas and New Year’s, but we have already seen flakes flying and ice falling from the sky in Elkin and Jonesville, North Carolina. Residents of the foothills know that winter can wreak havoc on a vehicle. 

Surry County receives about 10 inches of snow each year on average, but some winters bring multiple rounds of snow and ice. We have been known to experience blizzard conditions. Elkin and Jonesville also deal with bouts of sleet and freezing rain that can seemingly come out of nowhere. Temperatures dip below freezing about 70 times each year, but once in a while, we can’t see the mercury dip below zero.

You never know what Old Man Winter will have in store for us here in Jonesville, so it is up to you to make sure your vehicle is ready for anything. There are some things, however, that your car is not going to survive if you don’t tend to it immediately. Here are 6 immediate fixes you need to make for your car to survive winter.



Antifreeze is an additive that lowers the freezing point of a water-based liquid. An antifreeze mixture is used to reach freezing-point depression for cold environments and increases the boiling point of the liquid, allowing higher coolant temperature. 

Water has good properties as a coolant and with antifreeze, it is used in internal combustion engines and other heat transfer applications. The purpose of antifreeze is to prevent a rigid enclosure from bursting due to expansion when water freezes. Most automotive engines are water-cooled to remove waste heat and its primary function of convective heat transfer for internal combustion engines.

There are different colors of antifreeze that you can use. However, what is the difference between them?