Brake Maintenance – Know When You Need It
All of the parts on you car are vital for it to operate safely, and the brakes are definitely among the most important. If you can’t stop your car quickly enough or are unable to stop it at all, you and everyone on the road around you will be in danger. Brake maintenance will not only help keep you and your fellow drivers safe, it can also save you money. Recognizing and taking care of a small problem before it becomes a big problem can prevent significant or permanent damage. Knowing what to look for can make it easier to spot a problem earlier.
Brake Warning Light
An obvious sign there is a problem is your anti-lock braking system (ABS) warning light illuminating your dashboard. This means your brake fluid is low and is typically an indication that there is a leak. Not only will you need to add more brake fluid, you will also need to inspect your brake lines.
If you are handy when it comes to car repair and brake maintenance, you can check the owner’s manual to see the instructions and recommendations for adding brake fluid. You may want to consult a professional as a brake line leak could lead to permanent damage to the master cylinder and brake failure.
When you use your brakes, there shouldn’t be noises such as screeching or grinding sounds. These are signs that they may need to be adjusted or even replaced. If brake maintenance is performed when you first notice the noise, you may only need to have them adjusted.
If you continue to use them after the noise has appeared, you can cause more serious and costly damage so it is best have a professional take a look as soon as you hear any unusual brake noise.
Brake Pedal Problems
When you push down on the brake, does it feel spongy or hard to press down? This typically means air has gotten into the brake lines or your brake fluid is low.
Both the master cylinder and the brake lines should be checked as brake pedal problem are often a sign that there is a leak. Addressing the issue immediately will keep you safe and could save you money.
Car Pulls When Braking
Does your car pull to one side when you apply the brakes? There could be a number of reasons for this, all of which should be taken seriously.
They may just need to be adjusted which will be the least complicated and least costly of the possibilities. You could also have a leak or your brakes could simply be worn out and need to be replaced.
Vibrations When Braking
When you step on the brakes does the pedal, the steering wheel or the whole car shake or vibrate? This could be a sign there is a problem with your brake rotors.
They may be warped which occurs when brake rotors are overheated from excessive braking such as riding the brakes or are deformed by very sudden or forceful braking, especially over about 40mph. In some cases they can be can be resurfaced by an automotive machine shop. If the warping is too extreme, the rotors will have to be replaced.
The Importance of Brake Maintenance
It is important that all the components of your car are working properly, but brake failure can cause an immediate and serious hazard. Routine brake maintenance is vital to your safety, so if auto mechanics is not your specialty, it may be best to leave your car’s brake maintenance to the professionals.
Holiday Service Center can take care of you car’s brake maintenance as well as all your automotive repair needs. Our technicians are ASE certified and always taking classes to stay on the cutting edge of the industry. Family owned and operated for four generations, fairness and honesty is an integral part of our success. Call or stop in and see how we can help keep your on the road safely.