Monday, February 11, 2008

Magnum…what’s wrong with the Ferrari?

There’s nothing like racing around Hawaii in a bright red Ferrari chasing down bad guys and clues. That’s your exciting life as Hawaii’s top private investigator, until the brake warning light comes on and you have to explain to Higgins that you did not damage the Ferrari, or void its warranty.

During a stake-out, when tailing one of Hawaii’s notorious underworld figures, Two Ton Tony, the brake warning light on the dash went on. It doesn’t take a good detective to realize that driving with worn out or defective brakes can cause serious injury or death.

In a dire situation, needing the Ferrari repaired before bringing it back to the estate, short on money you bring it to your buddy T.C. Even though he is a helicopter pilot and not a certified Ferrari mechanic he jumps right into trying to figure out what went wrong.

T.C. first checks to make sure that in your haste to follow Two Ton Tony, that you did not leave the parking brake partially engaged. This will cause the light to go on and possibly burn up the rear brakes, if the vehicle is driven over a couple of miles.

T.C. then checks the brake fluid. Brake fluid level will go down as the brake pads wear. There is a sensor in the brake master cylinder that will turn the brake warning light on when the fluid level falls below minimum.

The parking brake was not on and the brake fluid was very low. Your buddy is stumped. It is time to call in favors and have Rick take the car to the auto repair shop that repairs all of the King Kamehameha country club’s fleet of limousines.

The auto repair shop immediately lifts the vehicle in the air and removes all four tires, which is the only way to properly inspect and determine why the brake fluid was low. A leak in the brake hydraulic system is very dangerous and would result in a spongy feeling brake pedal or no brake pedal at all.

The good news is that the inspection revealed that the brake hoses were in good condition no leakage from them, the brake master cylinder or brake calipers. The front brakes were worn down to 25% of friction material remaining.
A deal was struck and the front brakes were replaced. You would escape Higgins wrath this time. With the information from the stake out that you gave to Five-0, Two Ton Tony will be doing 10 to 20 years of hard time.

Next week we will show you it’s not an impossible mission to determine why your vehicle is overheating.

I hope this article helps you. I am Ken Levine the owner of Kens Quality Auto Repair in Thousand Oaks were we specialize in Lexus and Toyota vehicles. If you have any car questions please e-mail me at, visit or call 805-494-4344

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