Brake Repair

March 9, 2018

Noticing an Issue with the Brake System

        If you start to hear odd noises with your brakes, make sure to try and identify the sound you are hearing when it does it. A grinding noise on braking is usually caused by a lack of brake pad material; the pads and rotors are now metal to metal, with no braking material left. If this noise is present, make sure to schedule an appointment so we can inspect it for you.       Many cars have drum brakes in back, where a shoe stops the car by pressing on the inside of a metal drum. Brake drums, like rotors, get resurfaced once in a while. The cutting bit on the brake lathe removes the old braking surface and leaves a nice new mating surface. When the brake shoes ride on the new surface, they will follow the groove like the needle of your record player follows a track. If the groove is interrupted, the shoes snap back, hitting the backing plate. This happens very quickly, causing a thumping noise that will notice.       The most common brake squeak is caused by wearing pads. If your brakes are squeaking or squealing while driving down the road, but the noise goes away when you press on the brakes, your brake wear indicator is hitting the rotor and causing the noise. The wear indicator is a small metal tab fastened to the brake pad. When the brake pads are worn down and need replacing, this metal tab starts to drag along the rotor, warning the driver of the potential problem. If you hear the noise, make sure to contact us so we can inspect and fix the brakes as soon as possible. Since the brakes are one of the most important part of the vehicle, it is important to keep them working properly. This can improve the safety when you drive.      
October 24, 2017

Knowing when the Brakes are Going Out

Knowing when the brakes are going out is important for your vehicle. When your car 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. Also pay attention to sounds, smells and sensations signal brake problems. Screeching, grinding, squealing, rubbing and other eardrum piercing noises are common indicators that your brake pads & shoes require inspection. This should be addressed before worn pads cause damage to other parts, which could result in more expensive repairs. Vibration and pulsation in the pedal or your steering wheel can also indicate an issue with the brakes. If you ignore the issue, the rotors might get warped from the metal on metal rubbing, potentially costing you a lot more in repair. Pressing down farther to complete braking functions. This symptom is not as prevalent as it used to be, but if you’re pressing down farther than usual on your brake pedal to stop your car, requiring more pressure and time to perform the same stopping function, you have entered the first stage and sign of brake pad wear. Also be aware of the warning light for the brakes. If this comes on, make sure to schedule an appointment with us as soon as possible. When the light illuminates, you should bring your vehicle in for an inspection. If the light starts to blink, make sure to pull over when it is safe to do so, and turn off your vehicle. If you continue to drive with the light blinking, you could be doing more harm to your vehicle and parts. Another recommendation is to bring your vehicle in regularly for maintenance inspections. If you are not sure how often this should be, make sure to contact us and we can remind you of the correct schedule.  
August 18, 2017

The Braking System of your Vehicle

    The braking system of the vehicle is made up of several components that assists the vehicle in slowing down and stopping. When you step on the brake pedal, your master cylinder starts working. The master cylinder contains the brake fluid, which travels to the wheel’s braking unit where it is forced into a caliper. Calipers consist of two components that press against a piston. Attached to each wheel is a rotor. The rotor is pinched when the brake is applied, thus slowing the vehicle down. Your brake pad is there to support the friction that comes in contact with your rotor. It converts the motion of the rotor into heat energy through friction. The friction slows down the rotor.       An anti-lock braking system, also known as ABS, is designed in modern vehicles to assist in quicker stops.  Anti-lock brakes can also help prevent the vehicle from skidding uncontrollably when the brake is applied quickly from a high speed. With regular brakes you usually have to pump the brake off and on when coming to a stop to retain greater control of the vehicle. However, ABS brakes pump the brake for you at a rapid speed when the brake is deployed. Many have probably seen the ABS light on the dashboard from one time or another.       Hydraulic braking systems are powerful and are needed in all types of vehicles. This type of braking system involves a master cylinder, hydraulic fluid, and hydraulic lines. The hydraulic system is also made up of individual brake lines that radiate out of the brakes from the master cylinder. These brake lines are made out of high-quality steel that are resistant to corrosion and built to withstand high pressure.       Brake fluid is used inside the brakes of the vehicle. The fluid helps to decrease the amount of pressure on the actual brake mechanisms, which reduces wear and tear on the gears. The brake fluid works by lubricating the hydraulic brake gears and reducing the amount of pressure exerted on the actual hardware. It is important to ensure that you have the proper amount of brake fluid at all times. Without brake fluid, the brakes can wear out quickly. Make sure to contact us so we can inspect the brakes for you.        
April 17, 2017

Issues with the Brake System

  One of most important parts of the vehicle is the brake system. Make sure to go to regular maintenances for the vehicle. The brakes can be inspected regularly for how they are wearing. If they are in poor condition, parts of the brake system can be replaced. This can help to make for a safe and reliable ride when you drive. There could be some signs that the brakes are starting to wear out. If you notice any of these signs, make sure to bring your vehicle in as soon as you can. This can help to prevent a further issue from forming in the future.     When driving, you might be able to notice some beginning issues of something that is wrong with the brake system. One of the most common signs could be any squealing or screeching noise you hear when you apply the brake pedal on your vehicle. This can indicate that the brake line is being worn, and might be less reliable than it once was. If you hear any odd noises, make sure to bring your vehicle in as soon as possible. This can help to prevent any further issues from occurring. It can also help to increase the safety when you drive.     Another way to notice if there is an issue with the brakes is if there are vibrations against the brake pedal when you apply it. This could mean that the brake pads have been worn through and it is starting to wear onto the brake rotors. If the brake rotors go out, it could cause an accident when you are driving. Make sure to make an appointment to bring the vehicle in if you notice any type of vibrating pedal. We can inspect the brake line, as well as the brake pads and brake rotors. Having it inspected at the first sign of an issue can help to save you time, money, and stress in the long run.     There may also be some other indications of a brake problem. If you notice that the brake pedal is spongy when you press down, it could mean that the brakes are starting to wear and go out. If you smell anything out of the norm, it could be caused by friction of the parts. These parts could start to wear against one another and cause heat when they do. This will result in a burning smell. Having the brakes regularly maintained can help to prevent larger issues in the future when you drive.