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Top 10 Signs Your Vehicle Needs Brake Service


3/6/2023 - 9:00 AM

In general, ignoring problems is never a good thing as they will only get worse over time. While this statement can be said for a number of things in life, it is especially true when it comes to our vehicles. More specifically, when it comes to our vehicles' safety features and systems.

One of the most important vehicle safety features & systems are the brakes. Considering how much time we spend in our vehicles and considering how fast we drive our vehicles on a daily basis, the brake system is what helps to prevent an accident from happening. However, how do you know if or when your brakes need to be serviced? Here at Monicatti Auto Sales & Service we have put together a list of our top 10 things to look out for.


One of the first places you should look for signs of brake failure is your vehicle's dashboard. As soon as a brake warning light comes on, it's a clear sign that your brakes need some attention. If you're unsure of what the brake warning lights look like, check out our blog article on WHY YOU SHOULD NEVER IGNORE YOUR WARNING LIGHTS.

Typically, there are 2 main brake warning lights - the main brake system and the anti-lock brake system, or ABS. ABS components can fail and still allow the rest of the brake system to function normally. However, if the main brake system light comes on, it means the vehicle has most likely experienced a failure which needs to be serviced immediately.


If your vehicle is taking longer than normal to come to a complete stop, that's obviously a problem! It's possible you could be experiencing "brake fade" which is a temporary reduction in the stopping power of your brakes. Depending on the cause, this could be a short-term issue or a long-term issue. For example, if you are driving down a steep hill and riding your brakes, this will heat up your pads and rotors and cause them to be less responsive for a short time. Once cooled down, they may return to their normal performance and be fine. However, over time, this brake fade can become permanent, in which case the pads and/or rotors will need to be replaced.


If you hear noises when you step on the brake pedal, most notably a grinding noise, it likely means the brake pads/shoes are worn out and the metal under the pads is rubbing, or grinding against the metal on the brake rotors or drums. If this is the case, you want to replace the brake pads/shoes as soon as possible to avoid destroying the brake rotors or drums. However, prolonged driving and braking under these conditions will likely require the rotors or drums to be replaced as well.


Most vehicles have numerous brake lines running throughout the vehicle. Especially vehicles with anti-lock brakes (or ABS). A leak in any of these lines will lead to a loss of fluid and air in the system, which will eventually cause the entire brake system to fail altogether. Depending on the age and condition, brake fluid varies from clear to a rusty-orange coloration. There is also a bit of an odor to brake fluid. Any signs of leaking are bad and must be repaired immediately.


Issues like failing calipers, a failing master cylinder, a weak brake line or air in the brake lines can cause the brake pedal to feel very soft or spongy when you step on it. Your brake pedal should feel nice and firm and feel solid as the brakes are gradually applied. This could be as simple as having low brake fluid. However, a soft, spongy brake pedal typically means your brake system is not working as it should and needs to be looked at.


Conversely, if your brake pedal is too hard to push, this can also be a sign of a problem. Most vehicles use one of 3 different types of brake power assist systems: a vacuum boost, a hydraulic boost or an electric boost. These brake power assist systems are meant to assist you, the driver, to help reduce the amount of effort you need to apply to the brake pedal in order to make your vehicle stop. When these systems fail, it causes the brake pedal to be hard to push. In some cases, the brakes may still function properly but will be much tougher to apply. However, if the brake pedal is hard to push and the brakes do not seem to be working, you will want to have it serviced immediately.


When you step on your brake pedal, pressure is applied to both the left and the right sides of your brake system evenly. If you step on your brakes and the vehicle pulls to one side or the other, there is more than likely an issue with one side. Chances are that the brakes are wearing more on one side than the other. This could be due to a failing wheel cylinder, a sticking brake caliper or maybe worn rotors causing uneven application and wear on the brakes. This is also why it is highly recommended to replace your brake wear components in left & right pairs to ensure equal wear and performance.


If you step on the gas and you can hear your engine revving and trying to accelerate, but the vehicle doesn't get up to speed as fast as it should, it's very possible that you could have a brake caliper or drum that's hung up or sticking. Or, if you're driving and you take your foot off the gas and the vehicle slows down much faster than it normally does, this could be another sign of the same issue. This is typically caused by road grime buildup or faulty brake caliper/wheel cylinders. It's also possible that your drum brakes are unable to pull the brake pads/shoes away from the drum and need some adjustment.


When your brakes get heated up too much, the rotors can develop hot spots. Once cooled, they contract more than the rest of the rotor, resulting in a warped brake rotor. If this occurs, every application of the brakes sends pulses, or vibrations, through the brake pedal or steering wheel. These vibrations can also be a sign of poor steering alignment. Either way, it is something you will want to have checked out to avoid further damage.


If you find yourself smelling an odd burning odor when you hit the brakes, there's definitely a problem! Overheated brakes smell quite bad and are a dangerous situation. If your brakes are smoking, you are burning the friction lining. In extreme cases, such as heavy-duty trucks, the friction material can actually catch fire. Overheated pads and shoes develop a glaze on the surface that is slick, and your braking performance will be greatly reduced. This is a component of brake fade as we discussed earlier.

If you notice any of these signs, it is highly recommended that you immediately take your vehicle to your nearest, trusted automotive service center before the problem gets any worse. Here at Monicatti Auto Sales & Service, our 10,000 sq ft, state-of-the-art Monicatti Service Center can handle all things brake related! Give us a call at 844-463-6722 or fill out our online CONTACT FORM to schedule an appointment TODAY!

As of March 6th, 2023, we have an AMAZING SPRINGTIME BRAKE SPECIAL for you to take advantage of! Check it out TODAY!

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2023 Springtime Brake Special


Between now and June 30th, 2023, come take advantage of our Monicatti Auto Service Center Springtime Brake Special!

$345.00 for PADS & ROTORS

Per Axle. Plus tax & shop supplies. Price is for cars & small SUV's. Larger SUV's, trucks and higher-end/foreign vehicles are more.
Call for special pricing on these vehicles.

*Includes 24-Month Warranty on parts & labor.
(does not cover normal wear & tear.)

By appointment only! Give us a call at 844-463-6722 or fill out our online CONTACT FORM to schedule your appointment TODAY!

Expires: 6/30/2023

Top Vehicle Features For The Winter


2/3/2023 - 9:00 AM

Unless you're someone who loves the winter months and enjoys everything that comes with it, you're probably counting down the days until spring arrives! While it's easy to simply stay inside to avoid the cold temperatures, at some point you have to go outside to drive to work or drive to get groceries. So here at Monicatti Auto Sales & Service, we have compiled a list of our favorite vehicle features to help make winter driving more bearable!


Our number one feature for dealing with the winter is remote start! Why sit in a freezing car when it could be nice and toasty warm before you even open the door? Simply hit the button from the warmth of your home and let your car do the work! Today, many vehicles come with remote start right from the factory. However, for those that don't, you can easily have an aftermarket kit added to give you this amazing feature!


While you're more than welcome to stand out in the freezing cold, meticulously chipping away at the ice on your windows and mirrors, wouldn't you rather sit inside where it's warm and let your car do the work for you? These features are not only easier than scraping, but can even go hand in hand with the first feature on our list, the remote starter! Stay inside while your car not only warms up, but melts all the ice of your windows and mirrors as well!


Depending on the length of your daily commute, driving with snowy & icy road conditions can be a daunting task. However, vehicles with 4WD (4-wheel drive) or AWD (all-wheel drive) can give you better control in bad weather and make your trip easier.


One of the most popular (and widely available) cold weather features are heated seats. Imagine watching the ice melt off your windshield and mirrors while your heated seat warms your backside. Sounds great, doesn’t it?


Speaking of heated surfaces, with a heated steering wheel, you can say good-bye to the days of driving with chilly fingers! This feature will keep your hands and fingers nice and warm during your winter travels!


This handy feature allows you to keep everyone in the vehicle comfortable and happy, while eliminating arguments! Each person can adjust it to their liking and no one has to argue over the temperature.


Having a good set of all-weather floormats can save your vehicle from the wear and tear of the colder months. These handy accessories help to keep the snow, salt and ice from collecting in the carpeting of your vehicle. Plus, keep them around for the warmer months and they'll also protect your vehicle from dirt, mud, water and other messy things!


The main purpose of fog lights is to help illuminate the road directly in front of your vehicle. This can be especially helpful during rainy, foggy or snowy conditions.

The Monicatti Synchrony Car Care Credit Card


We've all been there before. You're going about your day-to-day routine and everything is going along just fine - until your car breaks down! You hope and pray that it's an easy, inexpensive repair. And sometimes it is! But not all the time! Sometimes our vehicles require more in-depth, costly repairs.

Well have no fear! Here at the Monicatti Service Center we've got you covered! If you don't currently have the funds to pay for those repairs, we can help you apply for your very own Synchrony Car Care Credit Card!

The application process is quick and easy and you can get approved in MINUTES!*

Get the repairs you need today and pay them off over time.

That means you don't need to delay getting the service your vehicle needs to get back up and running!

CLICK HERE to learn more and apply!

*Subject to credit approval. Minimum monthly payments required.

Best of all, the Synchrony Car Care Credit card can also be used at any and all other U.S. Synchrony Car Care facilities and can even be used at gas stations nationwide!

CLICK HERE to learn more and apply!

*Subject to credit approval. Minimum monthly payments required.

Used Tires FOR SALE!


While performing various automotive services here at Monicatti Auto Service Center, we often end up with leftover used tires. Many of these tires still have plenty of life left in them!

So we have decided to offer them up to YOU, our customers!

We have used tires from assorted brands in 16" - 22" sizes FOR SALE from $15.00 - $30.00 each (+ tax).
Mounting & balancing is extra, but you CAN'T BEAT THESE PRICES!

Below is a listing of what we currently have available.

Feel free to stop on by and take a look at what we've got and speak with our Service Center about pricing.

Let Monicatti Help You Sell Your Vehicle


Are you having trouble selling your vehicle? Are you tired of dealing with complete strangers showing up at your house? Does the thought of having to deal with all of this give you a headache?

If so, then bring your vehicle to us at Monicatti Auto Sales & Service! With nearly 100 years of industry experience, a professional showroom, a marketing department which will get your vehicle viewed by MILLIONS and the ability to help prospective customers with financing, let us help make the task of selling your vehicle an easy one!

Give us a call at 1-844-463-6722, fill out our online CONTACT FORM or simply stop on by and speak with one of our highly qualified salespeople to discuss your options.

Avoid the headache and let Monicatti Auto Sales & Service ease the process of selling your vehicle TODAY!

Twas The Night Before Christmas Monicatti Edition


12/02/2022 - 10:00 AM

To help spread some holiday cheer and get everyone feeling festive, we would like to share our very own Monicatti Edition of the classic Twas the Night Before Christmas story! Enjoy!

Twas the Night Before Christmas when down at Monicatti
Not a vehicle was stirring, not even a Bugatti
The keys were all hung in the dealer supply room
In hopes that once started, they'd all go vroom vroom!

Next to the showroom, back in the garage
Mechanics were working on Ford, Chevy & Dodge
The tires were stacked in the corner with care
In hopes that St. Nicholas would fill them with air

Our employees were nestled all snug in their beds
With visions of cars in blues, greens and reds
With Ryan in his 'kerchief and Mike in his cap
The dealership had closed for a long winters nap

When all of a sudden we were all brought to tears
Listening to a sleigh screeching through gears
It was obvious it hadn't been serviced for awhile
So the mechanics at Monicatti Service Center did he dial

As his sleigh and his reindeer came down with a glide
It was obvious to us that he needed a new ride
The little old driver was lively and quick
And we all knew instantly that it must be St. Nick!

His reindeer came with him, quite calm and tame
And he whistled and shouted and called them by name
"Now Audi! Now Kia! Now Ford and Chevy!
"On Jeep! On Hummer! On Cadillac and Bentley!"

"Whether being fixed or traded, there's one place to go!
"And nothing will stop us, not sun, rain or snow!"
"Preaching HONESTY, INTEGRITY & LOYALTY to your face,
Monicatti Auto Sales & Service is the place!"

MERRY CHRISTMAS & HAPPY NEW YEAR from all of us at Monicatti Auto Sales & Service!


Dec. 23rd: CLOSING at 12:00 PM
Dec. 24th - 26th: CLOSED
Dec. 27th - 30th: OPEN
Dec. 31st - Jan. 2nd: CLOSED

Black Friday Oil Change Special


11/21/2022 - 12:00 PM

This Black Friday, take advantage of our Monicatti Auto Service Center Oil Change Special! Whether you need one or not, YOU CAN'T BEAT THIS PRICE!

End the year 2022 with a $20.22 oil change service! Call us at 844-463-6722 or fill out on online CONTACT FORM and schedule your appointment TODAY!

*Note: Includes 5 quarts of synthetic oil and oil filter. Over 5 quarts may be slightly higher depending on vehicle make & model. Additional costs may apply. Not valid with any other coupon or special. Good Black Friday, 11-25-22 only!

Give the GIFT of Monicatti Auto Detailing!


11/4/2022 - 9:00 AM

Give the GIFT of Monicatti this holiday season!

Who doesn't love a CLEAN, SHINY vehicle, are we right?! At Monicatti Auto Service Center, our professional in-house auto detailers strive to make your vehicle NEW just for YOU!

Purchase a Monicatti Service Center Auto Detailing GIFT CERTIFICATE this holiday season and give your loved one the gift of a CLEAN, SHINY, NEW vehicle!

Regular Retail Prices for Monicatti Service Center Auto Detailing is as follows:

  • $199.95 for MOST cars

  • $229.95 for MOST trucks/SUV's

(NOTE: Gift vouchers are good for an auto detail for a standard-sized car, truck or SUV. Excludes larger trucks, commercial vehicles, boats, RV's and vehicles in need of a deeper, more in-depth cleaning. Contact us below for pricing on these types of vehicles.)

Good for 1 year after purchase date.

Give us a CALL at 1-844-463-6722, fill out our online Service Center CONTACT FORM or just stop on by to purchase a gift certificate for your loved one TODAY!

2022 Winter Readiness Package


11/04/2022 - 9:00 AM

Let Monicatti Auto Service Center help you prepare for winter!

Can you believe it's November already? Thanksgiving is right around the corner and after that comes Christmas! Before we know it, winter will be upon us and we'll all be dealing with the cold, the snow and the ice. And while we can never seem to prepare ourselves, here at Monicatti Auto Service Center we can at least help you prepare your vehicle for the winter. So check out our Winter Readiness Package and contact us to book an appointment TODAY!



A SAVINGS OF $60.00!

  • Conventional/Synthetic Oil and Filter Change

  • BG Coolant Flush (FULL flush, NOT a drain & fill)

  • FREE Tire Rotation

  • FREE Windshield Wiper Replacement

  • FREE Brake & Vehicle Safety Inspections


*NOTE* Oil changes include up to 5 quarts of conventional or synthetic oil. Over 5 quarts of oil may be slightly higher depending on vehicle make and model. Tax and disposal fees are extra. Windshield wipers include most domestic makes and models. Extra charges may apply for high-end or import vehicles. See our Service Center Manager for details. Valid on most vehicles. Additional costs may apply. Must present coupon at time of service. Not valid with any other coupon, discount or special.
Expiration Date: 2/28/2023


The more service you bring to Monicatti Auto Service Center, the more you SAVE!

  • SPEND $50.00 - $99.99 and SAVE $5.00 off your bill

  • SPEND $100.00 - $199.99 and SAVE $10.00 off your bill

  • SPEND $200.00 - $299.99 and SAVE $20.00 off your bill

  • SPEND $300.00 - $399.99 and SAVE $30.00 off your bill

  • SPEND $400.00+ and SAVE $40.00 off your bill

Plus tax. See our Service Center Manager for details. Valid on most vehicles. Additional costs may apply. Must present coupon at time of service. Not valid with any other coupon, discount or special.
Expiration Date: 2/28/2023

Give us a CALL at 1-844-463-6722, fill out our online Service Center CONTACT FORM or just stop on by to schedule an appointment TODAY!

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