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Your brakes are one of the most important safety systems on your vehicle. They should be inspected at the first signs of trouble: noise, shimmy when braking, the brake pedal feels different, or if your brake or ABS light comes on.
With DISC BRAKES, brake pads rub on a disc – or rotor – to slow the wheels. The pads are attached to a caliper that squeezes the pads against the rotor - kind of like the handbrake on a bicycle that pushes the brake pads against the wheel of the bike to stop.
Brake pads wear away with use. Depending upon your driving habits - like keeping your foot on the brake pedal, or going down steep hills often -- and the quality of the braking materials, your brakes will eventually wear out.
Rotors can also warp, causing a shimmy or grabbing feeling when braking. We measure the rotors, and if there is enough rotor material left, we turn the rotors on the vehicle, getting a cut on the rotor that is true to your vehicles hub. Rotors can also crack, in which case they'll require replacing.
Brake calipers also wear out over time. They can develop leaks or the caliper pistons can freeze open or closed – either way it's not good. When this happens it's time to replace the calipers.
A thorough brake inspection will reveal any of these problems.
In vehicles equipped with DRUM BRAKES, the brake components are housed inside a drum that rotates with the wheel. When you step on the brake pedal, the wheel cylinder is activated and it pushes the shoes against the inside of the drum to slow the vehicle. This cylinder, and various springs and hardware within the brake, can wear out affecting your ability to stop.
If you hear squealing or grinding when you use the brakes, tell Dean, our service advisor. He'll have one of our ASE certified technicians perform a thorough brake inspection to see what needs to be done. The technician will carefully inspect all the brake components. Measurements are taken to ensure your brakes are meeting safety requirements. A brake inspection report is shared with you so you know exactly what we found and what needs to be done.
Don’t ignore the warning signs. If you have any indication your brakes are wearing or something is not quite right, call us NOW and make an appointment for a brake inspection.