Brake Repair in Maple Grove MN

November 18, 2013

5 things to notice if the Brakes need to be inspected

The brakes are one of the most crucial parts to the vehicle. Paying attention to the warning signs that may indicate a need for service could help prevent an issue or accident from occurring. There can be some obvious signs that the brakes need servicing. This could include the brake light illuminating on the dashboard of your vehicle. Another sign could be that the vehicle is taking longer to stop than it should. If you notice anything that is out of the ordinary with your brakes, make sure to bring it in for a brake inspection as soon as possible.   Worn Brake Pads   A hydraulic system filled with brake fluid will trigger a set of padded clamps that are the calipers. This will then cause them to squeeze together on a disc that is the brake rotor. The friction that occurs between the pads and the rotor will eventually stop the vehicle. With age and miles, the pads will begin to wear thin, and become less effective at slowing and stopping the vehicle.   Strange noises or sounds   As you apply the brake pedal, you may notice a noise such as a squealing, squeaking, or grinding noise. These noises can indicate that you may need to have the brake pads replaced. Hearing a grinding noise could indicate that the brake pads have worn through completely. The noise is a result of the metal of the calipers grinding against the metal of the rotors as you apply the brakes. With worn brake pads, you have the possibility to damage the brake rotors, and it results in a more costly repair bill.   If you notice the vehicle pulling   As you apply the brakes, you may notice that your vehicle pulls in one direction or the other. The may be caused from a caliper that is sticking. The caliper could stick because it causes friction with one wheel and not the others. Then your vehicle would pull to the side where the caliper is stuck. While pulling does not always indicate an issue with the brakes, it is a good idea to bring the vehicle in. It could be caused from uneven or worn tires, or even tires that are poorly aligned. By bringing your vehicle in, we can help to resolve the issue so you can be provided a comfortable ride again.   Feeling Vibrations when applying the brakes   If the brake pedal vibrates when you apply it, try to bring your vehicle in as soon as you can. Typically, a vibrating brake pedal indicates warped rotors. The uneven surface will brush against the brake pads, resulting in the vibration feeling through the brake pedal. Brake rotors will usually warp when they are under extreme stress for an extended period of time. If the brakes have not been stressed recently, but the pedal still vibrates, the wheels might be misaligned. It is always best to have the vehicle and brake system looked at so you are provided a safe and reliable ride once again.   Issues with the brake pedal   If the brake pedal is mushy and goes almost to the floor before the brakes take hold, there could be an issue. It could indicate worn brake pads or an issue with the hydraulic system. There may be air in the brake link or a brake fluid leak. If the brake pedal grabs immediately with the slightest touch, there could also be an issue with the brake system. The rotors may have worn unevenly or the brake fluid has become contaminated.
October 7, 2013

Make sure to have the Brake System inspected

The brake system for your vehicle is one of the most important systems for your vehicle. The brakes help to slow down and stop the vehicle when you drive. If you notice an issue with the brakes, even a slight one, it should not be ignored. Each and every time you drive a vehicle with poor brakes, you are putting yourself and those around you at risk of an accident. Not being able to slow down or stop when needed is unsafe and dangerous. Going to regular scheduled maintenances can also help to keep the brake system in the most efficient condition possible.   The Brake Pads on your vehicle   The brake pads are typically the part of the brake system that wears out the quickest. The brake system involves the use of calipers that grip the brake rotor in order to stop the vehicle. The brake pads provide a cushion during this process, which helps reduce the wear and tear on the rotors. If you notice any change in the amount of pressure that is needed to slow down or stop your vehicle, the brake pads are probably worn out. Also, you may notice a slight vibration in the brake pedal when you apply it. If there is a squealing or squeaking noise when you apply the brakes, it may be a sign that the brake pads need to be replaced. If you notice anything out of the norm for the brake system, it is important to bring it in as soon as possible so the issue can be fixed.   The Brake Rotors should be inspected as well   If you do not maintain the brake pads, the brake rotors will wear out quicker than they should. Worn brake rotors can significantly affect the ability to slow down or stop when you need to. Sometimes you may need to pump the brakes while trying to slow down. This is because there is air in the brake system due to worn brake rotors. Poor brake rotors can also affect the ability to maintain control of your vehicle. If the brake rotors become warped, it may affect the suspension system with time. The warped brake rotors are generally caused by worn brake pads that are being used.   Don’t forget about the Brake Fluid   The brake fluid is part of a hydraulic system that causes compression of the fluid when the brakes are applied. This allows the calipers, with assistance from the brake pads, to grip the brake rotors and slow down the vehicle. Moisture can get into the brake lines and turn to steam when it is heated. The steam is not good for the brake fluid, and can affect the braking performance of your vehicle. If you notice your vehicle is not slowing down or stopping as well as it used to, make sure to bring your vehicle in as soon as possible. We can inspect the brake system over for the issue, and advise you on your options you have. This way, your vehicle is running efficiently and safely.
August 15, 2013

The importance of a scheduled auto tune-up

Your vehicle is one of the largest and most important investments you will make. It should then make sense why you should maintain it and bring your vehicle in for a regular scheduled tune-up. You can inspect your vehicle in between visits to make sure things like the tire’s air pressure and oil level are at the level they should be. There are some things however, that you will not be able to visually see or even notice. By bringing your vehicle in for regularly scheduled maintenance, we can inspect it thoroughly and notice any issues, big or small. Why you should bring your vehicle in regularly Bringing your vehicle in on a regular schedule is important. By doing this, you can extend your vehicle’s road life by having each part working as efficiently as possible. With well working parts, you can also maximize the fuel efficiency for your vehicle as well. This is important because a fuel-efficient vehicle is good for you at the pump and is also good for the environment. Benefits of an auto tune-up Car maintenance is necessary in order to keep your vehicle in good working order. If you ignore it and do not follow the proper upkeep recommendations, there is a good chance your vehicle will start to deteriorate. As your vehicle starts to get run down, you start to increase the chances of it breaking down unexpectedly. Another benefit for maintaining your vehicle is catching any problems early. This can also save you money by making a simple repair before it becomes serious and more expensive of a fix. Eventually your vehicle will wear over time and will need to be replace, but why not keep it in good working order as long as possible. This way you can travel and help to prevent unnecessary or untimely issues that may occur with your vehicle. If you don’t go to a scheduled visit, realize the consequences If you are procrastinating bringing your vehicle in for regular maintenance, you may be doing more harm than you realize. The most common reason why people do not take their vehicle in regularly is because they are worried about the cost. If you choose to ignore the regular visits, this can lead to a much higher expense down the road, actually being more expensive and time consuming of a repair. Instead of inspecting and repairing small parts here and there, by ignoring them, it might turn into a larger and more expensive repair. It can also lead to other parts becoming damaged as a result of not addressing the issue that might be wrong. Proper maintenance simply leads to a better operating and a safer vehicle. Over the life of your vehicle, you will enjoy a substantially less expensive operating cost with regular maintenance for your vehicle. Always make sure to take the time to bring your vehicle in regularly, as well as any time that you notice anything out of the ordinary with it.
August 13, 2013

Check the Brake System of your vehicle

Having your brake system inspected regularly should always be a priority and not overlooked. By checking your brake system regularly, you can help prevent an accident or serious situation created by poor performing brakes. If you are in between scheduled maintenances, you may notice signs that the brakes may need attention soon. Some of the signs can be when you apply the brake pedal it is spongy. It can also be the opposite and be hard when you press on it. There might even be a loud noise or grinding that comes from the brake pedal when you apply it. If you notice anything out of the norm for the brake system, it is important to bring it in so we can inspect it for your safety. Why it is important to check the Brake System The most important part of your vehicle is the brake system. This is the part of the vehicle that will provide stopping power so you and everyone around you can remain as safe as possible. Proper working brakes are important because you will be able to stop when you need to, even if it is a sudden stop, and can possibly avoid an accident. As soon as you notice an issue with your braking system, make sure to bring it in to ensure you the safest drive possible. Signs you need to have your brakes looked at In your everyday driving you may notice signs that your brakes may need to be repaired or replaced soon. You may notice a different feel or noise with your brake system. You may hear a squealing or grinding noise when you apply the brakes. There may even be vibrations against the pedal that you feel. If the brake pads get worn to the indicator level it will create a squealing noise. If this is ignored, you could be doing more damage and wear to the rotors, calipers, or wheel cylinders. These are more costly of a repair, so make sure to schedule routine maintenance for your brake system. You may also start to feel the brakes grabbing or pulling to one side or another. The brake pedal may also become spongy and almost touch the floorboards when you apply it. This is a sign that your brakes are wearing out and will need replacing very soon. Bring your vehicle in on a regular schedule for maintenance No matter the age of your vehicle, regularly scheduled maintenance is important for trouble-free driving for you and your vehicle. By bringing it in to have it inspected, we can look at the brakes and other important areas of your braking system. This way if there are any issues or problems, they can be addressed before they become a larger issue. An inspection for any leaks, cracks, or any other issues will be done. Also, we will check the brake fluid to make sure it is up at the correct level it should be for your vehicle. We can also help set up a maintenance plan that can work for you and help provide you with the safest drive possible.