Tech Tips: Brake Terminology

Tech Tips: Brake Terminology

What you need to know about brake components…

Many drivers don’t think much about their vehicle’s brakes unless they have trouble stopping. What does that squeaking, squealing or grinding really mean, though? The braking system is a complex collection of parts. Here’s a list of basic braking system components to help get you acclimated.

Pads: The brake pads are what convert the kinetic energy of your moving wheels into thermal energy and actually bring you to a stop.  When you press your brake pedal, the pads are squeezed against the rotors (more on those below) to slow and then halt the rotation of your vehicle’s wheels. Some pads have built-in wear indicators that produce a high pitched squealing when the pads need to be replaced. Making sure you get the right brake pads for your specific model is important to ensure even wear, proper stopping and minimal noise.

 Calipers: Brake calipers house the brake pads and are normally found in one of two types: floating or fixed. Dirt or corrosion can negatively impact caliper performance and can even cause them to stick, leading to the pads dragging on the rotors even when the brake pedal isn’t depressed. This can cause reduced fuel economy, overheating and excessive wear.

 Rotors: When you press down on your brake pedal, the pads clamp down onto the rotors (also known as discs) and stop the wheels from spinning. There are various kinds of rotors, including drilled and slotted, which provide less surface area than traditional solid rotors but help distribute heat and minimize wear. Brake rotors are as important as the pads. If you feel pulsing when you decelerate or your steering wheel shakes (sometimes extremely hard), your rotors may be warped. They should be inspected for damage and replaced if necessary.

 Brake Fluid: Hydraulic braking systems rely on brake fluid to convert the force you exert on the brake pedal into the pressure braking components exert on your wheels. Brake fluid also amplifies braking pressure. The Department of Transportation has several classifications for brake fluid––DOT 3 and DOT 4, for example––which reflect a fluid’s boiling point, viscosity and formulation. Consult your owner’s manual or your dealer’s factory trained technicians for information about the type of fluid recommended for your make and model and how often it should be changed.

Brake Line: As most automobiles on the road today have hydraulic brake systems, they also have brake lines that channel the brake fluid to the brakes themselves. Air in brake lines or a ruptured line can cause complete brake failure, so brake lines should be periodically inspected by trained technicians to insure safe operation.

Jack Maxton’s service technicians know the right parts to use for your specific make and model, so whether your brakes are squeaking, squealing, grinding or simply not stopping the way you want them to, the best place to go for brake system diagnostics and service is your dealership. You’ll never have to wonder if they’re using the right parts or the right tools, and you’ll have added peace of mind and confidence behind the wheel.


Vehicle Profile: 2014 Chevrolet Corvette Family

Better than all the rest

What “Luxury Sports Car” was chosen as the best of them all by U.S. News, based on their independent analysis of published reviews and test drives, plus safety and reliability data? The all-new 2014 Chevrolet Corvette Stingray, available here at Jack Maxton Chevrolet in Worthington, Ohio. Better than anything from Germany or Japan or Great Britain; simply the best. Words like “dazzles,” “remarkable” and “breathtaking” have been thrown around with complete abandon by automotive writers everywhere, and the best part is that this great new Corvette is one of the most affordable sports cars to be found.

Given its startling performance and the universal high-regard the new Corvette has inspired, the car’s $53,000 starting MSRP is even more remarkable; Car and Driver called it a “screaming value,” and AutoTrader called it “simply the best high-performance value on the planet.” After driving the new Corvette, Consumer Guide editors said, “The truth of the matter is, this latest C7 generation of the Corvette is in a performance league where few others can play. And most of those that do cost multiples as much.”

The 2014 Corvette Stingray line offers coupe and convertible body styles, Stingray and Z51 models, and 1LT, 2LT and 3LT trims for both models. There’s also a Z51 Performance Package that can be added each of the three Z51 trims.

The 2014 Stingray Coupe 1LT is a lightweight, high-precision two-seat sports car that embarrasses competitors costing many thousands more. An aluminum frame and the latest generation of the vaunted small-block V8 are at the heart of it all. This 6.2-liter V8 produces 455 hp and 460 lb/ft of torque, and it hurls the Stingray to 60 mph in just 3.8 seconds. The standard transmission is a seven-speed manual with Active Rev Matching and Launch Control. A six-speed paddle-shift automatic is available, and you can adjust it just the way you like thanks to selectable shift feel and shift points. A torque converter with reduced inertia improves shift quality and speed.

Other 1LT features include all-new eight-way power adjustable seats, leather upholstery, Keyless Access and Push-Button Start, a power tilt/telescope steering column, a rear-vision camera, a body-color removable carbon-fiber roof panel, a carbon-fiber hood, a Driver Mode Selector, and a Bose® audio system with nine speakers and a three-month trial of SiriusXM Satellite Radio.

The Corvette Stingray Coupe 2LT (MSRP $57,210) is fitted with a variety of popular features and equipment, including heated and ventilated seats with lumbar/wing adjustment and seat emblems, seat position and mirror memory, Bose® premium audio, HomeLink universal remote, auto-dimming mirrors, a color head-up display, one-year SiriusXM subscription, a cargo net and shade, and an enhanced theft-deterrent package.

In Stingray Coupe 3LT (MSRP $61,005), even more luxury is blended into the sport. The 3LT gets a custom leather-wrapped interior with Nappa leather seating surfaces. Navigation, which is available in 1LT and 2LT trims, is standard in the 3LT. The instrument panel in the 3LT matches the interior color, too.

For high-performance lovers looking for the sharpest nail, there’s the 2014 Corvette Z51 (MSRP starting at $57,000). It’s the Stingray for the purist who wants the lightest weight possible. You get the same trims and features as above, plus the availability of the Z51 Performance Package.

The Z51 Performance Package is all business. You get larger wheels in staggered 19-inch front and 20-inch rear sizes with Michelin® Pilot® Super Sport® summer tires; and a dry sump engine oil system to stand up to high performance driving. An electronic limited-slip differential is included, as are performance gear ratios, and there’s extra cooling for the differential and transmission, as well as HD cooling for the engine. The Z51 chassis rides on its own specific shocks, springs and stabilizer bars. Also exclusive to the Z51 is an aero package that reduces lift at high speeds to enhance stability. Larger, 13.6-inch diameter front brakes with black calipers and slotted brake rotors bring confident stopping to match the impressive acceleration. The Z51 Performance Package can be further enhanced with available Magnetic Selective Ride Control and Performance Traction Management.

Available amenities include Competition Sport bucket seats, with solid magnesium seat frames that are lightweight and strong; and a sueded microfiber-wrapped steering wheel in a smaller, 14.1-inche diameter for performance driving. A sueded, microfiber-wrapped Upper Interior Trim Package richens the interior with a microfiber headliner, visors, A-pillar trim, trim above the windshield and rear window and around the quarter windows. The standard body-color carbon fiber panel can be replaced with a transparent removable panel or a Visible Carbon-Fiber panel with body-color surround. The Body Color Dual Roof Package includes both the transparent panel and the carbon-fiber panel, and the Carbon-Fiber Dual Roof Package pairs the Visible Carbon-Fiber panel with the transparent panel. Brake calipers in red or yellow give you options besides the standard dark gray metallic, too.

The standard rear axle ratio for all Corvette Stingray trims is 3.42:1. This delivers a great blend of performance and economy. Available for 1LT and 2LT trims is a long-legged 2.56:1 limited-slip rear end that pairs with the six-speed automatic transmission. Z51 models offer an available 2.73:1 ratio with the automatic.

The 2014 Chevrolet Corvette inspired AutoTrader writers to say, “You can certainly pay a lot more for rival sports cars, but it’s hard to imagine wanting more than what this revolutionary C7 ‘Vette provides.” See and drive the new Corvette for yourself, and be your own judge. Schedule your test drive today.

Vehicle Profile: 2014 Chevrolet Malibu

The everyman sedan


The 2014 Chevrolet Malibu, on sale here at Jack Maxton Chevrolet in Worthington, Ohio, is the all-American midsize sedan that’s packed with features and style. The Malibu plays in a competitive field, but it’s a perfect package, with outstanding efficiency, plenty of performance and a roomy interior.

To cover all the bases, the Malibu (MSRP from $22,340) comes six ways. The Malibu LS carries a standard Ecotec® 2.5-liter four-cylinder engine. With direct injection, this engine is a strong motivator, delivering 196 hp and 191 lb/ft of torque. A six-speed automatic transmission is partnered with the engine, sending power to the front wheels. New fuel-saving engine stop/start technology is also standard, as is a revised suspension that improves ride and handling. While offering excellent passenger room, the Malibu is also efficient, delivering EPA-estimated fuel economy of 25 mpg city and 36 mpg highway. That kind of economy gets a lot of miles out of the standard 15.8 gallon fuel tank in the LS.

The Malibu LS also features 16-inch alloy wheels, a chrome-highlighted front grille, solar-absorbing glass and a six-speaker audio system with Bluetooth®. The driver gets treated to convenience features, too. The driver’s seat features two-way power height adjustment, and the multifunction steering wheel carries audio and cruise controls. The reassurance and convenience of OnStar® is standard, and a six-month trial of Directions & Connections services is included.

The Malibu 1LT enhances the driving experience with the addition of Chevrolet MyLink. MyLink puts you in control of your technology. The system pairs with your device and offers Bluetooth® streaming for audio. A seven-inch color touch-screen is your window into control of vehicle functions and infotainment, and it offers easy integration with apps like Pandora® and Stitcher, plus USB connectivity and SiriusXM Satellite Radio. Using MyLink is as easy as talking to a co-pilot with its enhanced voice control by Nuance®, and it can even read text messages to you and respond with predetermined messages, helping you keep your hands on the wheel and eyes on the road.

Other Malibu 1LT features include heated body-color exterior mirrors with integral turn signal repeaters, projector headlamps, and a larger, 18.5 gallon fuel tank for a highway range that stretches to 650 miles. Inside, the Malibu 1LT features carpeted floor mats, premium cloth upholstery and ambient lighting.

The Malibu 2LT heads upscale. Standard 18-inch alloy wheels and foglamps enhance the exterior, and inside, you’ll find an eight-way power-adjustable driver’s seat, dual-zone automatic climate control, and a leather-wrapped steering wheel. A remote starter system is also standard.

While the 196-hp 2.5-liter ECOTEC® four-cylinder is plenty powerful, there’s a lot more muscle to be had beneath the hood of the Malibu 3LT. Featuring a turbocharged 2.0-liter inline four-cylinder engine with direct fuel injection and variable valve timing, the Malibu 3LT hits the road with 259 hp and a whopping 295 lb/ft of torque.

If you want your Malibu to be a luxury car, then the LTZ is for you. The Malibu 1LTZ treats you to heated leather seats and exterior enhancements that include 18-inch machine-spoke aluminum wheels, LED taillamps and chrome door handles. Want to combine all the luxury with all the performance? That’s the Malibu 2LTZ, which underscores all the standard luxury features with the direct injected and turbocharged 2.0-liter engine. Malibu 2LTZ trims also get a sunroof as standard equipment, as well.

Whichever Malibu you pick, they’ll all deliver comfortable accommodations for up to five occupants. Standard safety features include 10 airbags, Brake Assist, safety belt pretensioners, and the peace of mind of OnStar. A Rear Vision Camera is also available on its own or as part of the Power Convenience Package. Other packages include the Electronics and Entertainment Package, which includes a Pioneer® nine-speaker premium audio system, 120-volt power outlet and universal remote. The LTZ Premium Package features high-intensity discharge (HID) headlamps, push-button access and keyless start with passive entry, and driver’s seat and power mirror memory. The Advanced Safety Package bundles Forward Collision Alert, Lane Departure Warning, Side Blind Zone Alert/Rear Cross Traffic Alert, and a Rear View Camera. So you’re never lost, the MyLink® system can be enhanced with navigation.

The 2014 Chevrolet Malibu is the solid bedrock of the midsize sedan segment. Every trim is well-equipped, and quality is outstanding. It’s a classic case of getting the most for your money, and that’s never a bad thing. Come in to see and drive the 2014 Chevy Malibu today.


Take a drive in your Chevy – Top Five Places for Film Buffs in Ohio

Explore your favorite movie sites in the Buckeye State

Over the years, Ohio has been the backdrop for many movie sets. With its picturesque small towns, rolling hills, and Midwest charm, Ohio scenery offers a unique perspective not easily duplicated in Hollywood. Ohio is also home to many inspiring older theatres, where moviegoers flock to see vintage films as well as the newest blockbusters. These top five locations offer the best sites for film buffs in the State.

Athena Cinema

Time stands still at the Athena Cinema in downtown Athens. Established in 1915, the theatre has welcomed visitors for a century. The Athena was purchased and completely restored by Ohio University in 2001 and now welcomes local patrons while also providing a home for budding University filmmakers. The non-profit Art Deco theatre offers a unique partnership between the community and students by allowing patrons to take in a new major motion picture or experience the excitement of student screening all in one place. To learn more, visit

A Christmas Story House

Who can forget one of the most memorable Christmas flicks of all time, A Christmas Story? Visit the home where the movie was filmed. See the window where the infamous leg lamp lighted the front porch and walk through the kitchen where Ralphie, his brother Randy, and their parents spent so much time. Across the street from this Cleveland suburb home is A Christmas Story House Museum. There you can see original props from the movie including the Red Ryder Carbine Action 200-shot Range Model air rifle Ralphie admired in the store window. For more information, visit or call (216) 298-4919. The house and museum are open all year.

Cleveland Museum of Art, Film Series

For years, the Cleveland Museum of Art has offered film screenings twice a week, and the tradition continues. Hosted in the two theatres at the Museum, the showings are a popular event among all ages. Learn more by visiting

The Murphy Theatre

The Murphy Theatre and the town of Wilmington were the backdrop for the 1993 movie, Lost in Yonkers, starring Richard Dreyfuss. The restored theatre remains active today with live performances from entertainers and theatre groups, as well as the occasional film showing. To learn more, visit the

The Studio Movie Grill

A night out on the town typically involves going out for dinner followed by a movie. The Studio Movie Grill combines the two and offers a unique dine-in movie experience. Visit the fully-stocked bar before the show for a pre-dinner drink. Enter the theatre before the movie starts to place your order for your meal. When your meal order arrives, dine in style in a specially-designed seat with table top. With newly-released movies, drinks, and movies, your whole evening on the town takes place at the movie theatre. Located in downtown Columbus, the Studio Movie Grill is centrally-located. Visit for more information.

Spend some time exploring some of these unique and one-of-a-kind movie locations in Ohio.


Vehicle Profile: 2014 Chevrolet Silverado 1500

A solid utility leader

Tow with it, haul a heavy load across the mountains or hook a snowplow to the front to clear the way – the 2014 Chevrolet Silverado, available here at Jack Maxton Chevrolet in Worthington, Ohio, is built to work hard. It’s also a highly refined pickup truck that’s luxury-car quiet inside and filled with enhancements.

One thing is for sure, the Silverado (MSRP from $25,575) is highly configurable. Mix and match cab styles and box length to get your perfect pickup. Available trim levels run from work truck (WT) to luxury cruiser. The Silverado 1WT Regular Cab with standard-length box starts it off. An all-aluminum 4.3-liter EcoTec3 V6 provides power and efficiency thanks to standard direct injection, continuously variable valve timing and Active Fuel Management to deactivate cylinders when full power isn’t needed. The V6 provides 285 hp and 305 lb/ft of torque, and a six-speed automatic transmission is also standard. Other standard 1WT features include four-wheel disc brakes, 17-inch wheels and tires, power windows and locks, cruise control, and a front bench seat with fold-down center armrest. The CornerStep rear bumper and cargo area lamps are standard conveniences you won’t want to live without, either.

The 2WT trim adds the Chevy MyLink radio with a 4.2-inch screen and Bluetooth®, plus OnStar and a six-month trial of Directions & Connections, SiriusXM Satellite Radio and HD Radio capability with a three-month free trial subscription, remote keyless entry, stainless-steel-clad wheels to coordinate with chrome front and rear bumpers and grille surround, as well as heated, power-adjustable exterior mirrors.

The Silverado LT includes the EZ-Lift and Lower® tailgate, Driver Information Center with 4.2-inch color display, cloth-covered 40/20/40-split front bench seat with lockable under-seat storage, a leather-wrapped multi-function steering wheel and 17-inch machined aluminum wheels.

A Silverado LT Z71 is the one you want if paved roads are scarce. You get a Z71 Off-Road Suspension with monotube shock absorbers by Rancho®, all-terrain tires, Hill Descent Control and a locking rear differential. When equipped with 4WD, the Z71 Silverado has a transfer case shield, as well. The Z71 Appearance Package includes a unique front grille design, foglamps and recovery hooks, along with its own gauge cluster, interior trim plates and brushed metal “Z71” door plates.

Other cab and box configurations open the door to even more trim and equipment options. Go with a Double Cab and standard box to get access to the Silverado LTZ trim, which adds both power and luxury. Standard in the LTZ is a 5.3-liter EcoTec3 V8 that develops 355 hp and 383 lb/ft of torque. This all-aluminum V8 features direct injection and continuously-variable valve timing along with Active Fuel Management. The LTZ interior is luxurious appointed with leather-covered seating, 10-way power-adjustable front seats, dual-zone climate control, a power-sliding rear window, 110-volt outlet and rear-vision camera. The LTZ also features 18-inch machined aluminum wheels, foglamps and chrome door handles and mirror caps.

To the LTZ trim you can add the Z71 heavy-duty off-road suspension, with the monotube shocks by Rancho®, all-terrain tires, a transfer case shield (4WD), a locking rear differential and the Z71 Appearance Package.

The ultimate premium Silverado, the High Country, comes in Crew Cab configuration. The Silverado High Country is a highly versatile truck. It features four full-size doors, a spacious interior and either a short or long cargo box to meet your needs. The large cabin features premium, perforated leather upholstery and 12-way power adjustable heated and cooled front seats. A Bose® premium audio system and power-sliding rear window are also standard for the High Country trim. Front and Rear Park Assist help with maneuvering, as does a rearview camera. A unique chrome grille and 20-inch chrome wheels finish off the look, and an upgraded suspension conquers road irregularities with comfort and control.

Towing is a Silverado high point. With the 4.3-liter EcoTec3 V6 you can tow a maximum trailer weight of 5,800 pounds. If you need more, the 5.3-liter V8 is capable of hauling 11,300 pounds when equipped with the 3.73:1 rear axle. That’s a lot of capability to pack into a half-ton pickup, and the Silverado’s four-wheel disc brakes, robust frame and sophisticated engineering deliver that capability on a magic carpet of refinement.

In creating the new Silverado, Chevrolet engineers developed an entirely new body that results in exceptional comfort and quiet in the cabin. The doors nestle into the bodysides to keep wind noise down, and the cab rides on new mounts that absorb noise and vibration, even as the suspension copes with bad roads. With the new Silverado, the phrase “rides like a truck” is now a compliment.

The 2014 Chevrolet Silverado has all the bases covered. It can be a hard-working two-door pickup, or a hard-working and luxuriously outfitted four-door family truck. With a solid pair of engine choices and 4WD options to back you up, there’s nothing you can’t accomplish. With a thorough commitment to quality, the Silverado 1500 will get you and your stuff from here to there for many years to come, too.

Come in today to learn more about the 2014 Chevy Silverado 1500, and be sure to save time for a test drive or two.


Chevrolet Volt Owners Surpass Half a Billion Electric Mile


Since its launch in late 2010, Chevrolet Volt owners have accumulated more than half a billion all-electric miles.

Additionally, based on a General Motors’ study of more than 300 Volts in service in California for more than 30 months, many owners are exceeding the EPA-rated label of 35 miles of EV range per full charge, with about 15 percent surpassing 40 miles of range.

“The fact that most of the folks who purchased the Volt at launch are still enjoying EV range performance on target with when they took delivery is testament to the attention to detail our team paid to delivering on our promise of most people driving all electrically most of the time,” said Pam Fletcher, Chevrolet Volt executive chief engineer.

Volt owners are doing more than 63 percent of their overall driving in EV mode. While the driving range in EV mode can be greatly impacted by temperature, driving technique and terrain, the ease with which Volt drivers are avoiding gasoline use further shows the Volt’s suitability for almost any lifestyle.

Volt owners who charge regularly typically drive more than 970 miles between fill-ups and visit the gas station less than once a month. The 2014 Volt provides owners with fuel economy of EPA estimated 98 MPGe (electric) and 35 city/40 highway on gasoline power, saving $1,450 in annual fuel costs with no change in daily driving habits.

In an independent study conducted between July and December 2013, Volt drivers who participated in the Department of Energy’s EV Project managed by Idaho National Labs totaled 1,198,114 vehicle trips of which 974,692, or 81.4 percent, were completed without the gasoline-powered generator being used.

Since the Volt was launched in 2010, owners have helped to reduce gasoline consumption by more than 25 million gallons, the equivalent of no gasoline being used in Washington D.C. for 2½ months.

Places to go in your Chevrolet – Top Five Hidden Historical Gems in Ohio

Discover Ohio’s influential historical past

Because of its geographic location, natural resources and size, Ohio has a far-reaching and diverse history. The Buckeye State was home to several Native American tribes. As the dividing line between the North and South during the Civil War, Ohio played an instrumental role in the Underground Railroad. The State of Ohio was the birthplace of aviation, and the state was also the birthplace of several U.S. presidents. Revisit history by checking out some of Ohio’s historical gems.

National Museum of the U.S. Air Force Museum

Located at Wright Patterson Air Force Base in East Dayton, the U.S. Air Force Museum is the earliest and largest museum dedicated to military aviation in the world. Numerous exhibits display aircraft from every conflict of the last century. Learn the story of Orville and Wilbur Wright, the two Dayton brothers famous for constructing the first airplane. For more information, visit

The Great Serpent Mound

Located in Peebles, the Great Serpent Mound is the largest mound of its type ever found. The mound is presumed to have been built by the Adenas, prehistoric people of the area, and consists of a series of underground caves and tombs. The mound measures over 1,300 feet in length. To learn more, visit

Ulysses S. Grant Boyhood Home and School

As an authoritative general and the 18th President of the United States, Ulysses S. Grant was one of the most popular and well-respected political figures of his time. Tour Grant’s boyhood home, where he spent most of his childhood, and see the school where he spent his formative years. Located in Georgetown, the home and school have been completely restored. Visit to learn more.

The Center for Holocaust & Humanity Education

As the featured exhibit at the museum, Mapping Our Tears, allows visitors a glimpse of life during the Holocaust. The Center for Holocaust and Humanity Education in Cincinnati is a premiere center of Holocaust education in the Midwest and offers eyewitness accounts of life during the time of Germany’s Nazi control. You will have to plan on spending an entire day to allow for plenty of time to view all of the exhibits and artifacts. For more information, visit

The Harriet Beecher Stowe House

As the author of Uncle Tom’s Cabin, Harriet Beecher Stowe offered a bold look at slavery in the United States. The novel was a spark that fueled the flames of the Civil War and forced Americans to take a look at the daily lives of those born and sold into slavery. Visit Stowe’s childhood home in Cincinnati to learn more about the acclaimed author. Because the Ohio River was a crossing point into the free North during the Civil War, and because Stowe was also a strong abolitionist, information about the Underground Railroad is also included in the artifacts at the house. For additional information, go to

Learn more about Ohio’s broad history by visiting some of the historical gems throughout the state.