When you are driving, you will want to make sure your vehicle is as safe and reliable as possible. One way to accomplish this is to bring the vehicle in for regular maintenance inspections. We can check the parts and components of the vehicle to ensure they are working correctly with one another. One part that should always be inspected is the brake system. The brakes are important because they allow your vehicle to slow down and to stop when they need to. If you notice an issue with the braking of your vehicle, make sure to schedule an appointment to bring it in as soon as possible.
When your vehicle starts creating abnormal sounds, feelings or smells, start investigating the issue sooner rather than letting the condition worsen. Waiting will only lead to more expensive parts wearing out and requiring replacement. If the rotors start to warp and become damaged when completely worn brake pads and shoes exceed their lifespan, shortening the life of healthy parts due to the metal on metal grinding that occurs. Screeching, grinding, squealing, rubbing, or any other loud piercing noises are common indicators that the brake pads and shoes require special attention. This should be addressed before worn pads cause damage to other parts, which could result in more expensive repairs.
If there is a vibration feel you notice in the brake pedal or steering wheel, make sure to bring the vehicle in. If this is a familiar feeling, your brake system is telling you something. Wait any longer, and your rotors might get warped from the metal on metal rubbing, potentially costing you a lot more in repair.
Another issue you may notice is if the brake pedal pushes down further than it typically does. This will require more pressure and time to perform the same stopping function. If you notice this, make sure to bring your vehicle in so we can inspect the brake system for you.
If you start to notice a grinding noise, it could mean that the brake pads have worn down and are not causing direct contact with the brake rotors. There are some tips you can do to help keep the brake rotors lasting as long as possible. The more city driving, the more stop and go, the quicker the brakes wear down. This type of driving can wear brake pads down faster, which can warp rotors more quickly. If you constantly drive like this, bring your vehicle in for at least one brake inspection a year to check for problems. Also make sure that you do not ride the brakes. Riding your brake is the sure-fire way to wear your pads and warp your rotors from the excessive heat generated, especially at high speeds.
The brakes are essential to keeping your car safe on the road for not only yourself, but other motorists and people out on the roads. Luckily the brakes are easy to check and replace if there is ever an issue with them. If you notice an issue with how the brakes are working, make sure to contact us as soon as possible. This will help keep your vehicle working in the best condition possible when you drive. If the brake pedal starts to show any sign of a problem, the brakes should be inspected as soon as you can bring the vehicle in.
The brake pads are located near the tire, between the calipers, rotors and the actual rim of the tire. When you step on the brake pedal in the vehicle, it activates the bakes to squeeze against the inside of the tire rim and cause the tire to stop. The more you apply the brakes during your your daily travels, the faster the brake pads will wear down and need replacing in your vehicle. If you ever have a doubt as to the pads left on your car, we will be able to measure it and tell you a percentage of the brake pads that are left. Depending on this answer will determine how long you should go before scheduling a brake job with new parts.
Problems can develop in the brake pads just like anywhere else in the car. Since the brake pads and the braking system are exposed to the elements and road conditions more, they are prone to having more issues. A stone could get thrown up in there and cause a bend that makes the brake not work efficiently on one tire. Heavy use could bend the rotors or the calipers and require them to be changed. Then there could be a problem with the tire rim that causes a problem to develop somewhere along the brake line.
Some types of brake pads will last longer than others simply because of their composite. Also, some people drive differently than others. Whether it is foot on the brake or foot on the gas, where they are driving and how long it takes to get there, also affect how a brake pad will wear. Check to see what the average mileage is on the similar brake pads so you have an estimate of how long they will last. If there is even a question as to how long they will last, have them inspected. We can look and measure with a tool that tells what percent of the pad is left and when they should be changed.
It is important to inspect your vehicle regularly for any issues that it might have. One part to check is the brake system. The brakes are what allow you to slow down and stop when you need to. If the brakes are in less than ideal condition, then it could increase the chance for an accident to occur. Make sure to bring the vehicle in regularly so we can inspect them for you. If there is an issue that is starting to form, we can advise you on the options you have. This can help make the vehicle safe and reliable when you need to drive it.
It is the best to have the tires off so you can actually get in there and measure how much is left on the brake pad. The brakes are measured by a device and are usually reported on when they have 75%, 40% and less than 25% of the pad left. It is best to replace the pads once they get below twenty five percent. This is because they can wear out fast once they get to that point. Once the brake pads are worn down, then other things can happen including wear on the rotors or calipers.
Having your brakes checked out can prevent accident s from happening. Even if you have had brakes put on recently, you will want them inspected to make sure there is adequate brake fluid inside and even that they are working properly. A brake may malfunction because it is stuck open or shut against the base of the tire, which can cause as accident just like having worn down brake pads can make it harder for your car to stop. Brakes are exposed to the elements such as rain, dirt, stones and debris on the road. Any of those items can get thrown up in to the tire and cause damage that in not seen unless it is inspected and looked at.
While you might not want to spend the time or the money to have your brakes checked out, consider what the alternative is. The brake pads might have worn down rapidly in the last two months because you did an extra amount of driving during that time. So, imagine your surprise when you try to stop at a stop sign and hear a metallic scraping sound. That might mean you have blown completely through the brake pad and are now working on the rotors and metal of the other brake parts. Once this happens, your repair bill will become higher. Getting the brake pads checked and replaced before they wear out completely might mean there will be much less expense involved later. Having the issue fixed now can help save you money in the long run.
A way to help keep the vehicle operating at top performance levels is to make sure it is maintained properly. One part that will need to be inspected regularly is the brake system. This system is important because it allows the vehicle to slow down or stop when you need it to. Proper brakes can also decrease the chance of an accident, like a collision or rear-ending another vehicle.
The brake system can benefit on your vehicle with a regular maintenance check just like having regular oil changes helps the engine. They can even be done at the same time. Getting the brakes checked every 3,000 miles might be a little much, unless you have a commute where you are heavy on the brakes and stuck in traffic often. Then it might be a good idea to check on the wear and tear of all the parts and make sure they still look good and will keep you safe, even while sitting in a traffic jam. Having the brakes maintained can also help the parts to last as long as they should.
Having the brakes checked works best when the tires are completely off and the mechanic can actually see, touch and measure the brake pads. It is possible to estimate the brake pads with the tires on, but a more accurate estimate of their life is when the tires are off. Checking the brakes can happen each time the tires get rotated, when you get new tires put on or if there is going to be a tire alignment.
We will check the brake pads and how much thickness is left on each one. In theory, the pads should all be worn evenly, but in reality, this might not always happen. Therefore, all 4 brake pads should be checked. If one is lower than the others, then they should all be changed at the same time. Besides the brake pads, we will inspect the rotors and the calipers that work the braking system. Even though the brake pads see the most amount of work and get used up, the other parts sometimes need frequent checking too. When the brake pads are replaced, sometimes the rotors will also need replacing. If the brake pads got too low, then it could cause wearing on the other parts behind it. When those parts get bent, they need to be replaced so that they will hold the brake pads correctly and be positioned over the wheels to stop the vehicle correctly every time you step on the brake pedal. It is also important to notice anytime there is an issue with your vehicle. Make an appointment as soon as possible and we can inspect the vehicle and brakes for you.
One way you can help to preserve the brakes is to adjust some driving habits you may have. This includes avoiding any last second braking. Also make sure to not drive too fast in hazardous areas and zones. The best thing you can do for the brakes is to keep them well maintained. Bring your vehicle in and we can inspect the brakes for you. Also, if you notice any issues with your vehicle or brakes, make sure to bring it in as soon as possible. This can help to provide you with a safe and reliable ride.
Almost all vehicles are equipped with devices that are attached to the brake pads. The devices will then cause a high-pitched squeaking or squealing sound when the pads come into contact with the rotor. If any contact is made between the brake pads and brake rotors, the noise will be permanent until the brakes are fixed. The device typically only makes contact with the rotor if the brake pads have worn off most of their thickness. This can help to alert you that there may be an issue with the brakes. Make sure to bring the vehicle in if you hear any noises from the brakes. Sometimes small rocks or debris can get inside the brakes to cause the noise. We can inspect the vehicle and brakes to help determine the cause of the noise.
Brake Pedal Issues
If you feel a rocking motion when applying the brakes, there could be an issue with the brake system. It could sometimes feel like you are pumping the brakes when you are actually applying steady pressure to the brake pedal. Worn brake pads can cause this problem. Sometimes a rocking motion could mean an issue with the calipers or brake rotors. This could lead to the risk of the brakes failing. It could also result in a costly repair bill as well as other parts wearing and becoming damaged.
Typically, vibrations are caused by worn brake pads. They are usually generated when the rotors have become damaged or warped. A master cylinder that is failing can also cause vibrations. This is because it is not allowing smooth pressure to be applied to the braking system. Noticing any vibrations when you are braking is an important sign to not overlook. Make sure you bring the vehicle in as soon as you can so we can inspect it. This can help to provide you with a safe and reliable ride when you travel.
Look near and around the wheels of your vehicle for any fluid leaks it may have. Looking under the vehicle could help to indicate if and where leaking fluid may be. You can also bring the vehicle in and we can check for any leaks or issues it may have.
It is important to bring your vehicle in for regular maintenance inspections. By doing so, we can inspect the parts and components of the vehicle. If you are not sure how often to bring the vehicle in, make sure to contact us and we can advise you on the correct schedule. Between visits you should also be aware of anything out of the norm with the vehicle. If there is an issue with the vehicle, make sure to schedule an appointment to bring it in as soon as possible. You can also check the parts yourself, like the tires, fluid levels, and the brakes. If you start hearing unusual noises with the brakes like grinding or squealing, it can indicate that the brake rotors are starting to wear. Any noise that continues for a length of time should be inspected, so make sure to schedule an appointment so we can inspect them for you.
The brake light on the dashboard may come on. This typically means the fluid in the reservoir is running low, which can be caused by brakes that are not adjusted properly. Another reason for any low fluid can be if there is a leak anywhere in the brake system. If you notice the light blinks, make sure to pull over and shut off your car when it is safe to do so. This will help prevent further issues from happening with your vehicle. If you ignore an issue, you will be doing more damage to the vehicle, as well as a costly repair bill.
One way to tell if there is an issue with the brake system is by noticing the automatic brake system. The ABS module controls the anti-lock brake system, which is one of the many computer systems in your vehicle. When the ABS light comes on, it is an indication that there is a malfunction somewhere in the ABS system. A diagnostics will be needed in order to determine why the light is on, and what should be done to correct the issue. When the ABS light is on, the system is disabled. The brakes will perform as normal, but the ABS will not function if needed, so it is important to have the issue fixed as soon as possible.
You might also see an excessive amount of brake dust on the wheels over time. When this happens, it can be caused from the brakes not releasing properly and remaining engaged as you let off the brake pedal. Ignoring the issue can make the brakes worse over time, so make sure to schedule an appointment so we can inspect the brakes, rotors, pad, and system for you. By having a vehicle well maintained, you can help to have a safe and reliable ride.