How to Check Brake Pads

check brake pads - Haddad Nissan BlogWhen brake pads start to wear down, it usually means your braking power is significantly reduced, so it’s important to get them replaced. Brake pads usually have an indicator that makes them squeal when the brakes are applied, but there are other ways to tell if you need new brake pads.

How fast brake pads wear down depends on how you drive, so there’s no clear interval for when you should inspect them. If you brake hard and often, or you spend a lot of time in heavy city traffic, you should check them more often than if you mostly drive on freeways or open roads without stoplights.

There are a few ways to check brake pads for wear besides listening for a noise. Pay attention to the dust on the wheels, which usually comes from normal wear from your brake pads. If the wheels are suddenly less dusty than usual, this could be a sign that your brakes are going bad.

If you can see the brake pad through the wheel, take a look at it and try to measure its width. Brake pads that are less than a quarter inch wide need to be replaced. You can also tell if your brake pads are thin if you feel a vibration in the pedal when you brake.

If you need your car’s brake pads replaced, give us a call at Haddad Nissan!

Spring Car Cleaning Tips

So, the “ice is finally melting” and the “smiles are returning to their faces.” This can only mean one thing: you’ve been listening to “Here Comes the Sun” by The Beatles. Or, maybe, spring is really here. And in that case, a little spring car cleaning is probably in order. Here are some tips!

spring car cleaning

Scrub a dub dub!

The interior part of your vehicle that has likely suffered the most abuse over the course of the winter is where you put your feet. Pull out all of your floor mats and shake them out thoroughly. You may need to get them wet in order to work out the crud wrought of salt and sleet. Next, comes the shampoo and hand-brush. Scrub vigorously, rinse, and hang out to dry.

Of course, the most obvious victim of the cold weather and snow is your vehicle’s exterior. The first step is getting all of the salt residue off the finish before you start scrubbing, otherwise, you may push salt into the scratches in your exterior. Try squeezing soapy water all over your vehicle and then rinsing it off. Then you can use a soap and sponge and scrub to your heart’s desire.

Don’t worry about cleaning your windshield wipers. Just replace them! If only everything in life were that easy…

Looking to replace your current vehicle? Stop in at Haddad Nissan and take a test drive today.

Get Your 30,000 Mile Service Done at Haddad Nissan

30,000 Mile Service

You purchased a new vehicle recently, maybe within the past year or so, and you are coming up on 30,000 miles on your odometer. This means it’s time to bring your vehicle in to ensure both safety and top performance. You may be considering going to an independent garage with hopes of saving some money, in which case you will be pleased to learn that there are numerous benefits to returning to Haddad Nissan in Pittsfield instead!

A common myth that gets spread around is that dealerships try to profit off of customers by offering unnecessary services when you reach the 30,000 mile mark. This is a common misconception, as these dealer recommended services are very beneficial in terms of vehicle performance and safety.

The 30,000 mile service includes everything from the 15,000 mile service, along with new transmission fluid, a fuel filter, and an inspection that is a bit more thorough than the last. For those who aren’t mechanically inclined, transmission fluid lubricates each part of the transmission to make sure that you can change gears smoothly. The fuel filter is exactly what it sounds like: it filters out unwanted material such as dust and dirt out of your gas, which would otherwise slowly ruin your Nissan’s engine.

When you purchase a vehicle at a dealer, it makes the most sense to service it at the dealer. You may believe you are being upsold with dealer recommended services, but you must also consider that many of your service needs may be covered under warranty. If you go elsewhere for service, you may end up paying for something that could’ve been done for free at the dealership. This idea people have that the dealer service department is trying to rip you off is equally applicable to a mechanic at a local garage. Both make profits from servicing vehicles, so why would only the dealer try and sell you additional services?

When the dealership offers you services that are not required for warranty or in the vehicle’s manual, it is not just a scheme to make money. Our technicians here at Haddad Nissan in The Berkshires are the absolute most qualified to be servicing your Nissan, and they each have vast knowledge of how to make your vehicle perform at its best and be as safe as possible. That being said, our technicians would not offer you a service if they felt it wasn’t of importance to you. You don’t want to overlook any necessary service, as that may shorten the lifespan of your vehicle. It is also worth noting that while you may pay a bit more for the dealer recommended services, these can carry over and make your 60,000 mile service a bit less expensive. So essentially, the price will balance out either way. If this isn’t something you want, you can certainly get only the required service from the manual for the lowest cost, just let one of our service technicians know!

We are devoted to keeping your Nissan in its best possible shape. Make your 30,000 mile service appointment today at Haddad Nissan in Pittsfield and you will be far from disappointed!