brake system

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.
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.