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Fantastic scope training class for our guys.
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Just finished Tech training here at Auto Sense in Millersville, MD. Fantastic Class for scope training. This is a photo of an electronic waveform through a pressure transducer to map compression in an engine.
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One of our clients Debbie Gilkeson showing off our new coffee mugs !
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Get your car Air Conditioning service at Auto Sense and get a free vent thermometer. First 24 Customers.
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Full House at Auto Sense.
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To all the Mom's out there. Happy Mothers day.
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Wow, just looked and found another happy client. So proud.....Ken
#autoshopmillersville

I don't often get excited about having a car repaired but that is not the case anymore!
Auto Sense in Millersville is awesome! This is the first time EVER that I felt I was receiving an honest diagnostic, paired with fair pricing and friendly service, this is a big win in my book!
We will never take our cars anywhere else ever again!
I HIGHLY RECOMMEND THEM!
The VeeDub is back in action��

Alison Sachs

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Found this review on our facebook page this morning. We are so proud of our guys. #autorepairmillersville

Not only did Auto Sense save me 5k by proving a bad diagnosis from the dealer, they gave me an Easter treat and a thank you note sent to my house with some flower seeds. It is the little personal touches that mean so much on top of the excellent service and fair estimates.


Becca Allen
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Talking about Brakes,
I get this phone call every day. “How much for a brake job?” This is a loaded question. I must retort by asking. “What do you call a brake job?” So, let’s start by telling you what we call a brake job.
First, and foremost. Communication, is of the utmost importance to convey what the symptoms are. Brake grinding, low brake pedal, vibration when braking, pulls to one side, squealing noise, etc.
Second, but just as important. Before starting any brake work, let’s ask a question. Does the Technician working on the vehicle completely understand braking systems? This is a huge start. Remember, you are putting everyone’s wellbeing whom rides in that vehicle in that persons hands.
Third, assuming you have found the correct Technician. The Technician should perform a primary evaluation of the braking system. If drivable, a road test is in order. If not, all wheels should be remove for a visual inspect. Each shop should have a procedure for brake inspection and repair. I could get into a lot of verbiage here and technical talk. However, that could go on for pages. So, I will keep it basic.
Fourth, and very important to the client. Explanation and cost to repair. I would like to add a caution here. There are sometimes when a vehicle has catastrophic failure and the primary repair must be done first to further evaluate the braking system. This can frustrate most consumers. However it cannot be avoided in some cases. This is where a good relationship with your auto repair facility comes in handy.
For the purposes of this article. Let’s answer the first question above. What do you call a brake job? Better than that. What do we call a brake job? We will assume the brakes have reached their minimum limit. We will call that 2/32” and it needs new brake pads (disc system). Because brake pads will be replaced (wearable item). Brake pads need a new straight machined surface to ride or grip to when braking. This surface is called the brake rotor. Imagine if you can. When you apply your brake the pads pinch a rotating disc that’s attached to the wheel hub (where the wheel bolts on). This friction is what stops the car. The pads set inside a vise like object called a caliper. When you apply the brakes the caliper acts like a vise and clamps the pads to the rotors causing enormous friction which makes the vehicle come to a stop (depending on the amount of force you apply to the pedal). I am not going to get into antilock brakes in the blog. The important thing to remember is friction = heat.
Okay, The Brake Job! First is new brake pads. Quality brake pads are essential and no not all brakes are alike. Since the brake pads stop by applying to the brake rotor we need to resurface or replace them. So, how do you know when to replace the rotors rather than resurface (machine) them? All brake rotors have a minimum thickness specification. This is called “Discard or Minimum machine too”. A micrometer is needed to measure this thickness. The measurements are thousandths of an inch. Thickness is important for the brake rotor to dissipate heat. Because different model vehicles have different attachment configurations it is impossible to explain each one. I will summarize our procedure. The pads ride in a cradle in the caliper or caliper bracket. It is imperative the pads move freely inside this cradle. This allows the brake to retract after braking. This area must be cleaned to remove pits, rust, gouges, dirt and anything that would cause binding and not allow the pads to apply or retract. After the slide has been properly dressed a synthetic brake lube must be applied. This will allow the pads to move freely for the life of the pads. The caliper must be checked for proper piston retraction and dust seals. The brake hardware must checked for heat issues, rust, dirt corrosion etc. and cleaned when possible. If they can’t be cleaned they must be replaced. The hub where the rotor sits against must be cleaned for rust, If not cleaned this will cause the brake rotor to run uneven a cause vibration. After all these items are corrected it time to reassemble and test drive. It is very important to properly torque the wheel (lug nuts) for an even distribution of attachment. Also to keep from over tightening or worse not tight enough.
Caution: using inferior parts can cause serious issues. Brake pads must be a high quality pad to allow for heat caused from friction. The brake rotor must also be high quality for the same heat reasons. We prefer coated rotors and pre-burnished brake pads. We have found this to be a more cost effective. Failure to properly perform a “brake job” or using poor quality parts causes premature wear and brake failure costing more in the long run.
We certainly hope this help find the correct repair shop for the best brake job.
Kenneth Quasney
Auto Sense,
Millersville, MD
21108
410-761-1599

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Doesn't matter if your coming or going we can repair or service your car needs. #diagnosis #strangecar
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Auto Sense in the news good service performer. Auto repair Millersville MD. #carnews #automaintenance
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