Brake Service & Repair
When it comes to safety, no part of your vehicle is more important than the brakes. They should be inspected at least once a year to determine the condition of the hydraulic system and operating hardware. While the entire braking system requires attention, the friction materials - the pads, shoes, rotors and drums - require constant attention because they wear down each time you apply your brakes.
How can I tell when my brakes need servicing?
The brake pedal can be depressed nearly to the floor.
You hear a squealing or other unusual noise when you apply the brakes. Some brands of brake pads have a built-in device that produces a high-pitched squeal when the brake pads are wearing thin.
The car pulls to one side when you apply the brakes.
You feel a grinding or bumpy sensation as you come to a stop.
In general, if there is something about your brakes that is making you uncomfortable, you should have them inspected.
What is included in the Lifetime Brake Service?
We begin with a comprehensive inspection of your car’s entire braking system.
Pads and shoes are replaced and warranted for as long as you own the car.
Wheel bearings are repacked as needed.
The backing plate and caliper anchor are lubricated.
The brake fluid is topped off.
The hydraulic system is purged of air and adjusted.
Drums and rotors are refinished if they have become scored.
At an additional cost, the drums and rotors are replaced if they are too badly worn.
Based on our inspection, there may be other components that may need to be replaced.
Metallic pads are extra.
The Lifetime Warranty is offered at participating centers. Please see your center for details.
ABS Braking Systems
Our technicians are also experts in servicing the computer-controlled components of the anti-lock braking systems (ABS) that are common on today’s vehicles.
All of the parts we install are guaranteed to meet or exceed manufacturer’s standards. If you wish, we’ll return your old brake parts to you. This service, like all services performed at FasterLube Complete Auto Service, is advised based on manufacturer’s recommendations, or as needed as determined by our inspection and based on industry standards.
CV Joint & Boot Service
A CV axle is made up of 2 CV joints. The axle transmits torque from the engine and transmission to drive the vehicle's wheels.
Constant velocity joints, or CV joints are universal joints that are able to transfer torque at large angles efficiently. These CV joints transfer power very smoothly. They are comprised of four basic parts:
The outer section, which has grooves machined on its inner surface
The bearings, which are usually in a "cage"
The inner ball, which has grooves on its outer surface for the bearings to ride in
A rubber boot to protect the unit from dirt and moisture.
What Will Steering and Suspension System Services Cost?
A common cause of CV joint failure is cracks in the CV boot. When the boot is cracked, it allows dirt and grit to mix with the grease and wear down the parts of the joint. A clicking noise heard when turning is the most common symptom of CV joint problems. The CV boots should be replaced as soon as cracking is visible in their rubber folds.
Important Note: Never open a boot to inspect the CV joint. The boots are airtight and if opened, the CV joint will require servicing.
What Will CV Joint and Boot Services Cost?
Contact your local Fasterlube dealer for specific pricing information for CV joint and boot service. For the most accurate estimate, take your vehicle to Fasterlube for a free inspection of your car brakes. Our trained technicians can then assess your vehicle's needs, answer any questions and review your options.
Why should I rotate my tires?
As you drive along the road, your tire tread is rubbing off on the road surface. That is what is known as tire wear. Tire rotation ensures that all of the tires wear evenly in order to extend the length of the tire's life on your vehicle. You see, front tires wear on the outside because the tire leans over when you turn the vehicle. Rear tires wear much less because they follow the front tires. So, in order to make sure the tires wear evenly, you want to change which tires are in the front to keep one pair of tires from wearing out too quickly.
When should I rotate my tires?
Most technicians recommend tire rotation every 6,000 to 7,500 miles. Check your vehicle's owner's manual for your manufacturer's recommendations.
Proper Tire Pressure
Failure to maintain the correct air pressure can result in poor gas mileage, reduce tire life, affect vehicle handling, and cause vehicle overloading. Check the air pressure in your tires every other time you stop to fill up for gas. The correct air pressure may be found in the vehicle owner's manual or on the placard (on the vehicle door edge, doorpost, glove compartment door, or gas door).
Shocks & Struts
Weak shocks and struts won't necessarily create a driving hazard if you continue to drive on them, but there are studies that show worn shocks/struts increase the distance it takes to stop a vehicle on a rough surface; it can also increase the risk of skidding on wet or slick surfaces. Worn shocks/struts also increase suspension wear and can have an effect on tire wear.
Shocks vs Struts
Shocks and struts are important for a smooth ride. Both shocks and struts give a perfect and comfortable ride. It is not only just for comfort that shocks and struts are present in vehicles; both shocks and struts also improve the safety of the vehicle, keeping the vehicle in good suspension. Most of the time, people do not see any difference between shocks and struts; they consider the two to be synonyms. Though shocks and struts are almost the same, they differ in their design and functions.
While struts form an integral part of the suspension, shocks just absorb the bumps from the road. Struts also serve as pivots for the steering rack, and replaces upper arm control. On the other hand, shocks just dampen resonant vibrations, and help to maintain a smooth drive.Well, another difference that can be seen, is that struts are present on the front part of the vehicle, and shocks are found on the rear part of the vehicle.
When comparing shocks and struts, it is noticeable that struts are needed more than shocks. It has been said that one can drive a car without shocks, but one cannot drive a car if there are no struts.Unlike shocks, struts provide structural support for the vehicle. Struts help the vehicle to conform to the road. When the vehicle moves or bounces, struts aide the compression and recoiling of the springs. Shocks help vehicles to recoil back to their old position after hitting bumps. Where shocks dampen the leaf springs, struts dampen the coil springs.
Shocks come in multiple pieces, whereas struts come in a single piece, with an inbuilt spring and surrounded by springs.
When comparing their price, struts are more expensive than shocks. Moreover, the labour charge for installing struts is also higher than for installing shocks.
1. Struts form an integral part of the suspension. On the other hand, shocks just absorb the bumps from the road.
2. Struts are present on the front part of the vehicle, and shocks are found on the rear part of the vehicle.
3. Unlike shocks, struts provide structural support for vehicles.
4. Shocks come in multiple pieces, whereas struts come in a single piece, with an inbuilt spring and surrounded by springs.
5. Struts are more expensive than shocks. The labor charge for installing struts is also higher than for installing shocks.
The timing belt should be inspected/adjusted (when possible) and replaced according to manufacturer recommendations. The most common recommended timing belt replacement intervals are 60,000 and 90,000 miles.
Toothed or ribbed construction
Synchronizes engine valves and piston movement
May also operate water pump (some vehicles)
Periodic adjustment should be made (some vehicles)
Prevent premature engine failure
Symptoms of a Broken or Slipped Timing Belt:
Engine dies and will not restart
Low power/sluggish operation
Bent valves or damaged pistons (interfering engines)
Transfer Case Service
Not sure if your car has a transfer case? If you own a 4-wheel or an All-wheel drive vehicle, the answer is yes. A transfer case directs power to both ends (axles) of the vehicle through two separate driveshafts. Transfer case fluid ensures proper functioning by lubricating the box’s gears, bearings, shafts, and other internal components. Additives in the transfer case fluid eventually breakdown due to heat, friction, pressure and contaminants, leaving the transfer case vulnerable to damage. FasterLube will drain the old transfer case fluid and replace it with a specific fluid that we keep in store for you.
Power Steering Service
Cars designed for power steering are very hard to steer without it. So it is in your best interest to do everything you can to avoid power steering loss, including changing your power steering fluid on a regular basis. Without clean power steering fluid, the hydraulic fluid that provides the “power” in power steering, you run the risk of damaging your vehicle’s power steering system. You may have to replace your power-steering pump or power-steering rack, which can range from moderately to extremely expensive.
Why would power-steering fluid go bad?
A number of factors can cause the fluid to degrade, including heat, friction and contamination. As a result, deposits can build up in your power steering system and potentially impact your vehicle’s ability to steer properly.
FasterLube recommends you change your power steering fluid once every 30,000 miles. But if your power-steering is making groaning or whining noises or the steering has become erratic, don’t wait. Come on in and Fasterlube will evaluate whether your power steering fluid needs replacing. If it does, we’ll take care of it for you by flushing out your car’s old power-steering fluid and replacing it with fresh fluid.
Your cooling system and radiator are critical to the life of your car's engine. At FasterLube Complete Auto Service, our trained technicians service these systems to prevent your engine from freezing in the winter and over-heating in the summer.
Cooling System Fluid Exchange:
Exchange, clean, and fill radiator with proper mixture of new coolant/antifreeze fluid
(up to 14 quarts)
Inspect and pressure test radiator cap
Inspect belts and hoses for wear and deterioration
Inspect cooling system components
Extended-life coolant available
Cooling system services provide the following benefits:
Helps prevent engine over-heating during hot weather and in slow moving traffic - especially with A/C in use
Helps prevent engine freezing in cold weather conditions
Helps provide rust and corrosion protection to radiator cooling system components
Helps extend life of engine and cooling system components
Helps restore freezing and boiling point protection
A/C Evacuation and Recharge Service
The function of an air conditioner is to help remove the heat and humidity from inside the passenger compartment of the vehicle. Powered by a belt, the air conditioning compressor compresses the refrigerant to pressurize it and pump it through the system. The refrigerant is pushed through a valve where pressure and temperature are reduced. The now-cool refrigerant travels through the evaporator in the passenger compartment. As a result, cooled air is blown into your vehicle. This refrigerant returns to the compressor, where the cycle begins once again.
FasterLube certified technicians will:
Visually inspect the air conditioning compressor drive belt for cracks or damage. Visually inspect accessible components for leaks or damage and check the operation of the air conditioning compressor and other air conditioning components Evacuate refrigerant from the system
Vacuum test the system
Recharge the air conditioning system using the appropriate refrigerant to the system capacity according to the vehicle manufacturer's specifications
PLEASE NOTE: The service is designed as a periodic maintenance service rather than a detailed troubleshooting or repair service. FasterLube technicians are certified through an EPA approved training program. FasterLube technicians begin the service by checking for signs of leaks. We do not recommend servicing systems with detected leaks.*
* Federal, state and local laws apply.
Cabin Air Filtration
FasterLube wants to make sure you breathe easy. That’s why we offer cabin air filter replacement. A cabin air filter removes dust, smog, and up to 99.5% of pollen, mold and other allergen contaminants from incoming air during heater, air conditioner and vent use. When this filter is dirty, airflow is reduced, a foul smell may be evident, and there is potential for reduced heater and air conditioner efficiency. FasterLube will remove the cabin air filter, inspect it, and present it to you. If a new filter is needed, we will go ahead and install it for you.
Differential / Gearbox
Differentials have three jobs:
To transfer the engine power to the wheels.
To act as the final gear reduction in the vehicle, slowing the rotational speed of the transmission one final time before it reaches the wheels.
To transmit power to the wheels, allowing them to rotate at different speeds, hence the name differential.
The differential for front-wheel drive cars is often called a transaxle and is located in the front. Rear-wheel drive vehicles have a rear differential and four-wheel drive vehicles have differentials in the front and the back – and in the middle as well. So no matter what type of vehicle you drive, it is bound to have at least one differential.
In order for differentials to work properly, they need to be properly lubricated. Over time, however, high operating temperatures can cause differential fluid to break down and provide insufficient lubrication to the gears. By replacing the differential fluid regularly, you can prevent unnecessary wear on the gears and extend the life of your vehicle.
FasterLube will remove the old differential fluid and replace it with new lubricating fluid based on your vehicle manufacturer’s recommendations.
Drain fluid and replace with quality lubricant
(up to 5 pints)
Synthetic lubricants available
Differential/gearbox services provide the following benefits:
Helps extend life of the differential
Cleans, cools, and lubricates components