4 Signs You Need a Brake Check With Your Next Car Inspection
Did you know, when traveling over 60 miles per hour, it takes your car about the length of a football field (100 yards) to come to a sudden and complete stop? Your brakes are the most important part of your vehicle, which is why they need to be well-maintained.
If you notice any of the following warning signs, it’s imperative to get a brake system check immediately:
1. Worn Pads
Worn brake pads are dangerous because they are less effective in stopping your car. In order to know if your brake pads are worn, you must first know how they work. Every time you press on your brakes, a set of padded clamps (or brake pads) squeeze together onto a disc (known as the rotor). This creates friction and stops the car. Over time, the brake pads wear thin. If you’ve never had your brake pads replaced, bring your car into Christian Brothers Automotive and our ASE-certified technicians will examine their condition.
2. Odd Sounds
Cars have a small indicator located in the braking system that senses when brake pads are worn. This indicator releases a high-pitched sound to signify the brake pads need replacing. In addition to the sensor’s squealing sound, you might notice a grinding sound. The longer you wait to replace worn brake pads, the more expensive the repair will be. When the brake pad is completely worn, the brake begins to damage the rotor. Damaged rotors are expensive, so it’s important to avoid this repair. If you notice symptoms of worn brake pads, schedule a brake inspection today.
Does your car pull off to one side while driving down a straight road? This could signal an alignment issue, but it could also be a problem with the brake system. If the pads have worn unevenly, they will apply different amounts of pressure. Whether it’s the brakes or the alignment, call Christian Brothers Automotive in Springfield today. Our ASE-certified technicians will perform a diagnostic check and recommend the correct service or repair.
When your car has an anti-lock brake system (ABS), it’s normal to feel pulsing or small vibrations on sudden stops. However, if those vibrations occur under normal braking conditions, there may be an issue. Vibrating brakes could indicate distorted rotors. If your brakes aren’t stopping unless you push them all the way to floor, or they brake at the slightest touch, these are also signs something is wrong. If you notice the ABS light stays lit, bring your vehicle in for a brake inspection right away.
Brake Failure Warning Signs
Efficient, healthy brakes are vital to your safety and the performance of your car. How can you tell when your brakes are in need of repair? Learn to recognize the warning signs of brake problems—before you experience brake failure—and visit your local Christian Brothers auto shop for brake repair, service, and maintenance.
Brake failure warning signs:
Brake fluid is low and/or appears dirty
Brake warning light comes on while driving
Grinding or squealing sound when brake pedal is pressed
The brake pedal feels “spongy” when pressed
Vehicle steers or pulls to one side while brake pedal is pushed
What causes poor brake performance?
A variety of auto issues can adversely affect your car’s brakes, including:
Crystallized brake pads: When brakes become hardened from heat, they can no longer effectively grip and stop the rotation of the brake drum or rotor. This condition usually occurs when brakes are overused, as well as from excessive panic stops or riding the brake.
Oil or grease-soaked brakes: Caused by a failed oil seal, oil from the rear differential or front transaxle can accumulate on the brakes. Grease from a failed rubber boot can cause the same harmful accumulation.
Loss of power: A loss of power from the power brake booster can also contribute to poor brake performance. Loss of power is often the result of a failed engine vacuum.
Hot spots: Hardened spots on the metal material of the drum or rotor can form hot spots, ultimately causing the brakes to overheat. These hot spots resist friction, which must take place during the braking process. The result is the loss of brake power.
Why You Should Schedule a Brake Service?
Have you ever thought about how much trust you put into your brakes? A vehicle’s brakes are obviously one of the most critical auto parts for a driver. Are the brakes on your vehicle performing the way they should?
Bring your vehicle to an auto repair center if your vehicle is going through any of the following:
You have to apply more pressure to the brakes to slow the vehicle down.
If your vehicle’s brakes have become significantly less sensitive to your foot when trying to brake, the brake pads are most likely worn down. Luckily installing new brake pads is an affordable auto repair and very easy for a Christian Brothers Automotive ASE certified technician to perform.
Your vehicle is making screeching or grinding noises while stopping.
When your vehicle makes noises that don’t sound natural while stopping, it needs brake service or repair. Usually when a vehicle makes sounds like this it means the rotors are damaged or the brake pads need to be changed.
The brakes feel like they are skipping while decelerating.
If your brakes are skipping when being used, take your vehicle into your neighborhood Christian Brothers Automotive immediately for brake service. You are putting yourself and other drivers in a potential hazardous situation every time you drive.
You may not hear anything if there is a problem.
As mentioned, a high-pitched squeal when you press the brake pedal is the most obvious indicator that your brakes are having trouble. The sound is created by a metal wear indicator placed in the brake pad. Unfortunately, the wear indicator may not always be able to warn you, because sometimes it becomes rusty and falls off. Your vehicle’s brakes may not even have come with one in the first place!
So here are some other signs to look for that could be telling you your brake pads are wearing thin. First, take notice of how long it takes for your car to come to a stop. Are you barely stopping before hitting a car in front of you? If that’s the case, get those brakes checked out! Secondly, be aware of how hard you have to press the brake pedal to stop.
You can request to have your brake fluid checked and braking system cleaned.
Changing your brake fluid doesn’t have to be done as frequently as engine oil. Nonetheless, any time you are in for a routine oil change, you can have your service technician check the brake fluid so you know you’re staying on top of it.
Newer cars are frequently troubled by the brake problem of warped rotors. This is from overheating. To diminish the damage of heat the brakes create, keep those brakes clean! Not only does this help keep temperatures down, it also gives your brakes better performance so they can stop faster.
STAY SAFE AS YOU DRIVE WITH REGULAR BRAKE CHECKS
Properly maintained brake pads and rotors will help your car last a long time. If there are any signs of a compromised brake system, call Christian Brothers Automotive for a brake inspection today.
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