5,000 Mile Maintenance

courtesy of Bob, The Auto Answer Man


Dear Bob.
I recently returned from a long-distance marathon from Southern California to Vancouver, Canada; from Vancouver to Prince Rupert, Canada; and then all the way back again. Since departing I have added over 5,000 miles on my car. Should I go in for a tune-up?

I am also hearing a squeaking sound from the brakes, but it is only apparent when I am traveling at very low speeds (ie. braking in order to come to a stop after having geared down to 2nd.). What are the possible problems, and solutions? Please be detailed as to type of parts or instruments that I should buy, their average prices, and what I would need to install them etc. I am a big fan of 'doing it yourself'.
Shane

Shane,
That sound you are hearing from your brakes at low speeds is the warning indicator. Basically it is a soft piece of metal designed to make this horrendous squeak when the pads are low. As far as if a tune up is needed, not unless the total mileage is at the correct interval. I would however, change the oil.
Good Luck!
Drive Safely!
Bob, The Auto Answer Man


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