Brake Repair

March 15, 2018

Brake Repair is Needed if there is an Issue

  When you drive, you will have to have brake repair done. When the vehicle starts to have issues, you will to schedule an appointment. Brake repair is one of the most important things you can do for your vehicle. Over time the brakes will wear down and will need to be repaired or replaced. If you are not sure how often to bring the vehicle in for brake repair, make sure to contact us. We can inspect the brakes thoroughly to ensure that they are in the best condition they can be at. How the Pedal reacts One sign of poor brakes is how the pedal reacts. The brake pedal might be too soft or too hard when you apply it. You may also notice that the vehicle takes longer to slow down and stop completely. Brake repair will help with ensuring the brakes are in the best condition. This way you will not need to worry about how they will handle. Brake Repair when you Hear Noises If there were a screeching or grinding noise, then the brakes would benefit from an inspection. The screeching noise can be caused by metal on metal friction. As a part begins to wear down, it will result in the metal causing friction with part of the brake system. If you hear a noise, take note of when it happened.When it is common, make sure to schedule an appointment with us so we can check it. If you ignore an odd noise, it can cause further damage and issues with your vehicle.   You can also be aware of any puddles under your vehicle. Brake fluid that leaks will need to be inspected right away. Without brake fluid, your brakes will fail. A complete brake repair will then be needed. No matter what issue you notice with the vehicle or brakes, make sure to contact us. Fixing a problem when you notice it helps save time in the future.
February 1, 2018

Strange Noises from Your Vehicle

If you notice some unusual noises from your vehicle, make sure to contact us so we can inspect it for you. An odd noise that is heard often can mean there is an issue with the vehicle. By having the issue looked at as soon as possible, you can help reduce the chance of further damage being done to your vehicle in the long run. The sound of a loud squeak coming from under the hood of your car is often due to slippage of a worn or damaged accessory belt. The squeaking is caused by aging belts becoming loose and losing traction. Sometimes you can even see that the sides of old belts have become shiny glazed. Squeaky belts may need to be replaced, so if this noise is coming from under the hood of your vehicle, it may be the belts.   If your car produces a hissing noise when it is running, it may be a vacuum leak, meaning a vacuum line may be damaged. This issue may also cause your check engine light to go on. Hearing a hissing noise from under your car’s hood may be an indication that it’s time to bring the vehicle in so we can properly inspect it for you.   A squeal coming from any of your wheels can be a brake pad issue. Brake pads wear down through usage, and today’s pads are designed with a band of metal that becomes exposed at the end of a pad’s life cycle. When these metal tabs come into contact with your rotors, you hear that squealing noise, which is a high-pitched reminder that it’s time to get your brake pads inspected, and likely replaced.   Worn brake pads, if not fixed, will eventually wear away completely, and the sound of metal on metal will result in a horrible grinding noise. This also means that along with your brake pads, your brake rotors may need repair or replacement. The brakes are an important part of your vehicle, so do not delay when it comes to having them repaired. If you notice any odd noise or sound from your vehicle, make sure to contact us so we can inspect it for you.  
October 25, 2017

How to Tell there is an Issue with the Brake System

It sometimes can be easy to tell when there is an issue with the brake system. Other times, the brake system might have a sign of an issue that you might not notice. The braking system on most people’s cars goes unnoticed since it is out of sight, out of mind. That is, until a problem comes up, which is usually in the form of the proverbial grinding when you push the brake pedal. Sometimes the brakes will have become hardened from heat and are no longer effective at grabbing and stopping the rotation of the brake drum or rotor. This condition usually occurs after the brakes have been overused, either because of excessive panic stops or if you ride the brakes. With excessive overheating, it hardens the braking material, therefore making the brakes less effective. Another issue of the brake system is if there is a hot spot on the brake rotors. This hardens spots of metal caused by overheating of the brakes. They resist the natural wear of the friction material that must take place during the braking process, consequently loss of braking power takes place. The pads have nothing to grip. Noises from the brakes can indicate worn or glazed brake pads. The squealing noise comes from wear indicators, which come in contact with the brake rotor when the brake pads are worn to the point of needing replacement. If the vehicle starts to pull to one side when braking, it could mean a poor adjustment of the brakes, a frozen brake, brake fluid leakage, or a frozen emergency brake cables. Also make sure to be aware if your warning light illuminates on the dashboard. If the light starts to blink, make sure to turn it off when it is safe to do so. If the light illuminates and stays on, try to get home safely with it, then schedule an appointment so we can inspect it for you. By noticing an issue at the first sign, you can save time, money, and stress in the long run.
August 18, 2017

Signs that can Indicate Poor Brakes

    Noticing a high-pitched squealing sound when you apply the brakes could mean that the brakes need to be replaced or inspected. Many manufactures have wear indicators that are in the brakes and designed to produce a sound to notify the driver that brake work may need to be done. The squealing could also be from a build-up of brake dust from the brake pads being worn down. The brake pads could be glazed over from high heat or rust. There could also be a grinding noise when you apply pressure to the brake pedal. It could mean that the pads were not replaced in a timely manor and something is rubbing against the brake rotors wrong. The brake pads may be coming into rough and uneven contact with the brake rotors. It could also mean that the brake calipers or pistons may be rubbing against the brake rotors.     When applying the brake pedal, you should feel a firm response that will increase the further you press down on it. A brake pedal that is mushy and can be pressed all the way to the floor may indicate an issue with the brakes. It could mean there is also a leak or a gap in the brake lines that allows air to enter. This can diminish braking power for the pedal. Also notice any vibrations you may feel when you apply the brake pedal. This could mean that the brake rotor is worn or even warped. In order to brake effectively, the brake pads and brake rotors should come into contact cleanly with the entire surface.     If the brake warning light illuminates on the dashboard, make sure to bring the vehicle in. The computer diagnostic system of the vehicle can display warning signs for areas of the vehicle, and it could mean that the brakes have an issue with them. Sometimes a fuse can go out and cause the light to come on. It is always best to inspect the vehicle before further issues can occur.
June 5, 2017

Inspecting the Brakes of your Vehicle

    One of the most important parts of the vehicle is the entire brake system. Without the brakes, your vehicle will not slow down or even stop. This is important because it will improve the safety when you have to drive. The brakes are one such instrument on the car that you cannot go without, ever. In order to make sure your brakes and the brake pads are always in tip top shape, there are a few rules to follow. Those rules can vary a little bit depending on your style of driving and how much you drive each day, but there are still some basics that need to be followed for everyone, and that includes getting regular maintenance done on your vehicle to check out the brakes.   For those who drive to work each day through heavy traffic, the brakes are vital to keep from rear-ending the vehicle ahead of you. It might seem like you are on the brakes more than the gas pedal even some days. When this is the case, then it might be a smart idea to have the brakes checked every time you get the oil changed. The heavier you are on the brakes, the faster they will wear out on the vehicle. They could wear down far enough that there could be damage on the rotors or other parts even that could be costly or dangerous that you should fix. For the person who only drives to work a couple days a week or just to shuffle kids around to practice, then waiting 10,000 miles or even longer is acceptable.   Once the brakes have begun to squeak once you apply them, the brake pads are probably already worn down quite a bit. The more they ware down, the more damage there could be done to the parts surrounding the brakes. The rotors and calipers are expensive to replace, so have them checked out before a problems occurs. Not only will it be cheaper, but it will be safer for you and all of the family members who travel in your vehicle.   If you do notice a squeak or even that the brakes seem to not slow down your vehicle as fast as they used to, take them in for a check. If the brake pads appear to be worn, then new we can install ones easily in a matter of an hour or two. If the brake calipers or the rotors need to be adjusted, they will perform all of those services at the same time when the new brake pads are being installed. The entire braking system will be checked over and repaired before you go out on the road again.