One of the most important things you can do when it comes to vehicle safety is to routinely check your brakes. If you suspect any problems you should have them inspected and repaired immediately. Many people are unaware of the signs and symptoms that their brake system may need maintenance or repair.
Brakes are a normal wear item for any car and eventually they’re going to need to be replaced for both performance and safety reasons. It is very important not to put off routine brake inspections or any needed repair. Letting your brakes get to the metal-to-metal point is potentially dangerous and can lead to a more costly repair bill.
Here are some symptoms of brake wear:
- Your vehicle pulls to one side during braking.
- Brake pedal pulsates when you apply your brakes.
- When you push your brake pedal does it feel “mushy?”
- Brakes make noise when pressure is applied.
- Do you need to keep adding brake fluid to the master cylinder?
Also there are other factors that affect brake wear include driving habits, operating conditions, vehicle type and the quality of the brake lining material.
Our professional technicians can inspect the brake linings, drums and rotors, and brake fluid to determine what repairs are needed. A typical “brake job” consists of brake pad and/or shoe replacement, along with related hardware. Depending on the condition or thickness of the drums or rotors, machining or replacement may be necessary. The parking brake should also be checked for proper operation and adjustment. In some cases, the parking brake shoes/pads may need replacement.