Brake Repair, Service, and Inspections
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Your vehicle's brakes are integral to the safety of you and your family and are one of the most important automotive systems to monitor and service regularly. Without proper maintenance and timely repair, the wear and tear on your car brakes can increase the time and distance required to stop your vehicle in an emergency. Routine maintenance and service also help to avoid more serious repairs in the future. Having brake pad replacements at recommended intervals can prevent damage to rotors and save money in the long run. Having a brake inspection by a certified mechanic at regular intervals also helps to catch minor problems before they become larger ones.
See the video on this page for information on System Operation and Importance of Routine Service!
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Following a few driving and brake maintenance tips prevents major repair down the road due to unnecessary damage to the system. See our Auto Repair Blog for helpful advice on this topic and much more!
Several common signs indicate a need for service:
Dashboard Warning Light
Issues within the ABS (Antilock Braking System) may cause a warning light which is amber in color. A red warning light could mean a system imbalance and indicates that your vehicle is in need of a brake check.
*** Your vehicle is equipped with a dashboard brake service/repair warning light to alert you to problems within the system such as low fluid. Do not ignore this light! Having an inspection immediately upon noticing this light can prevent you from causing further damage, save you money, and possibly save your life! That being said, there are also circumstances when repair is required but the warning light does not come on, so it is best to follow the manufacturer recommended service/ inspection schedule. For more detail on this subject see our blog article on automotive Maintenance and vehicle safety warning lights.
A metallic grinding noise means that the pads need to be replaced immediately. Driving with worn through pads causes more damage to your vehicle, can turn a minor problem into a major one, and most importantly, endangers you and others. This is one of the most serious signs of a vehicle which desperately needs maintenance.
Low or Fading Pedal
If your pedal sinks down to your floorboard when you stop your car or if you have to pump the pedal in order to stop the vehicle, this could indicate an internal leak in the master cylinder or lines. This is a serious and potentially dangerous condition which requires immediate attention by qualified technicians.
Brake Drag/ Vehicle Pulling To The Side
Caliper slides or pistons can become stuck causing them to apply uneven pressure. Catching this problem quickly can keep you from having to replace your rotors due to uneven wear and damage. This is an example of when timely brake inspection can save you from more costly repairs down the road.
Brake pads are designed to tell you when they require service. Once they have been worn down to the recommended replacement level, a warning tab makes contact with the rotors and causes a high pitched squealing noise. This noise is noticeable at slow speeds, and commonly disappears when you apply pressure to the pedal.
If you experience any of these warning signs, bring your car in for a complete system inspection. Auto Service Experts ASE certified brake mechanics have the state of the art diagnostic equipment, experience, and technical skill to handle any repair or service needs, both minor and major.
Why Routine Service and Inspections are Necessary
While auto brake performance has steadily improved over time, these systems still need to be thoroughly inspected at least once a year including removing the wheels and checking all hidden internal components. The above conditions are obvious signs that brake service is required. However, keeping up with regularly scheduled maintenance before noticing the signs of problems can save you a lot of money and unnecessary inconvenience.
Several factors affect the lifetime and performance of your brakes system. Driving in heavy stop and go traffic, riding your brake pedal, and slamming on the brakes can all cause the system to wear out faster than normal. Replacing worn pads before they allow metal components to connect and wear on one another can help you to avoid more costly repairs such as replacing drums or rotors.
Proper auto suspension system maintenance affects braking performance as well. Driving with worn shocks or struts can dangerously increase the amount of time it takes to bring your car to a complete stop. Your car's brakes rely on maintaining constant contact with the road and require proper vehicle weight distribution to function correctly. As shocks and struts gradually wear out, the consistency of the wheels' contact with the road is decreased, and weight is unevenly distributed. Driving on the highway with worn shocks can increase the vehicle stopping distance by as far as 22 feet!
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Our Complete Brake Check Includes the Following Inspections:
Fluid Condition (when fluid is exposed to moisture it becomes acidic and can damage the seals and ABS module).
Emergency Brake Adjustment
Check for leaks in:
Benefits of a Complete Brake Check and Timely Repair:
Peace of mind
- Protect your safety and your family's by avoiding the possibility of your automotive brakes failing when you need them most.
- Detect minor issues before they cause further damage which requires major repairs.