Are your brakes wearing or squeaky? Is your steering wheel shaking when you stop? Are you having difficulty stopping, or your brake light is on? These are indicators that you need to have your brake system checked.
Our brake jobs meet and exceed OEM specifications. What that means is that we replace breaks with what originally came with the vehicle and/or what the manufacturer recommends for the vehicle. We hate using under-quality brakes that will not hold up to the vehicle’s standards. You will never have to worry about the products on your car when you leave our shop because we have pledged to always do what is right for the vehicle.
When you bring your car in for a brake system check, there are several things that go into it. We check lubrication points, brake fluid, brake pad thickness, rotor wear, brake shoe thickness, drum wear, and leaks.
Warped Rotors: Sometimes rotors can be warped from overheating, which can cause your steering to shake when you’re slowing down or driving downhill. There is no fix for this except to completely replace your rotors.
Uneven Wear: When the pads slide irregularly, it causes uneven wear on both the pads and the rotors. Uneven wear could lead to damaged calipers, rotors, and pads. Lubrication points are what help the pads slide evenly, so it is important to keep them lubricated.
Brake Light Is On: The brake warning light typically turns on when the fluid is low. Brake fluid gets low from a leak or worn brake pads.
Another reason for the brake light to be on is an issue with the emergency brake being stuck on, or the sensor is not working. This is caused by basic wear and tear. Unfortunately, there are not any preventative measures for this kind of wear, which is why it is important to have your brakes checked regularly!
Acidic Brake Fluid: Old brake fluid can become acidic, which will rot out your brake lines. This causes holes and leaks. When you have a leak in your brake line, it affects the whole system. If it is allowed to decay long enough, you will get a hole in your lines- and that’s scary! Don’t worry too much, though. It is very uncommon.
Warped Rotors: Sometimes warped rotors can be repaired by resurfacing them, but only if you catch it early enough. Usually though, it requires new rotors altogether.
Uneven Wear on Pads & Rotors: When there is uneven wear on the brake pads and/or rotors, there is not much you can do except replace it. That is why it’s important to make sure the pins and slides are lubricated.
Brake Light is on: Usually this is as simple as topping off your brake fluid. But sometimes it is an emergency brake issue. The emergency brake sensor might need to be replaced.
If the emergency brake is stuck on, it requires further diagnostic. A few things need to be checked such as the switch, the cable, the release, etc. Usually the faulty part is replaced.
Acidic Brake Fluid: A fluid exchange is done and fluid lines are checked to make sure there is no damage. If there is, it will need to be replaced.
At the end of the day, brakes are pretty straight forward. Replacement, lubrication, and resurfacing are the big things. If you’re having any issues with your brakes, it is extremely important to bring your car in for brake services. And remember, the general rule of thumb with mechanical issues is: the sooner, the better! Do not wait for the damage to become so severe that it becomes a large and expensive problem to fix.
For brake repairs in Garden City, come to us! Call now for peace of mind!