Your braking system is one of the most vital components of your vehicle. It is important to keep your brakes in top working condition to make sure that your car is safe to drive. If you notice any symptoms of decreased braking performance, strange noises or any other symptoms you should have your breaks inspected today.
Brake Service and Repair
Brake parts do wear out, and front brakes typically wear out faster than rear brakes so it's recommended that you have an inspection done every 6 months.
- Full brake system check
- Replacement of pads and shoes
- Caliper and hardware lube
- Rotor and/or drum machining
- Safety test drive
Symptoms of Brake Problems
Brake light on
When your dashboard indicator light for your brakes is on, it means it's time for a brake inspection.
Your brakes are designed with wear indicators that will make noise when your pads are worn out. If you hear squealing, squeaking, grinding or any other metallic sound while breaking, it probably means your brake pads are worn out and should be replaced. Waiting too long can result in damage to your rotors and calipers and make the eventual repair more expensive.
Grinding noises can be caused by rocks, gravel or dust, or even a lack of lubrication. Our trained mechanics can help diagnose and resolve the issue and get you back on the road safely.
If one caliper is applying more pressure, it can cause uneven braking which will make your car pull to one side when the brakes are applied. This can cause uneven wear and lead to more expensive repairs, so it should be fixed right away.
Strange smells can sometimes be caused by overheated brakes or an overheated clutch. If you smell strange odors you should pull over immediately for safety. Check to make sure that your parking brake has been fully released. If you see smoke coming from any of your wheels it could be an indication that one of your calipers is stuck, and your vehicle may be unsafe to drive.
Soft Brake Pedal
If your brake pedal almost touches the floor before the brakes start working it may be a problem with your master cylinder. There could also be moisture in your braking system. It's a sign that your brake system needs immediate service.
If you notice leaking fluids, need to refill your brake fluid reservoir often or have a soft brake pedal, then you could be leaking brake fluid. Your brake system must have the proper amount of fluid to function properly. A full brake system inspection can help locate and repair the leak.
Wobbling, vibration or shaking of the steering wheel when braking can be caused by an uneven rotor. Uneven or thin rotors may break which can cause damage to other system components leading to more costly repairs.
Brake System Inspections
If you notice any of the symptoms above, or if your vehicle doesn't seem to be stopping as well as it should, it's time for a brake system inspection. Contact your local ASE certified mechanic, TuneTech Automotive to schedule an appointment today.