Important Signs You Need New Brakes

September 21st, 2015

Cedar Rapids Brake Repair Automotive Service

It doesn’t seem very momentous but keeping up with brake maintenance and repair can be a life and death matter. When you think about it, your brakes are responsible for slowing and stopping thousands of pounds of metal and glass, dozens and maybe even hundreds of times a day depending on your drive time. With this kind of wear and tear, it’s not surprising that brake jobs are one of the most common automotive repairs performed.

Listen to Your Car

The most common brake repair is replacement of your brake pads and for good reason. This is where the rubber meets the metal. All modern brake pads havea little metal plate called an indicator and the constant wear of braking is measured. When the rubber on the brake pad wears down to a certain level, the indicator scrapes along the rotor and produces a squeal loud enough to hear while driving.

When you hear this sound, it’s time to replace your brake pads. Act fast. If you have the brake pads replaced as soon as you hear this telltale sound, you maybe able to save the rotors and calipers, which will save you a significant amount of money.

Other Common Signs Your Brakes Need Work

There are a number of other unnerving signs that brake problems are making your car unsafe. For instance:

·         Your vehicle travels too far before coming to a stop in city traffic.

·         The vehicle pulls to one side when you brake.

·         Your steering wheel shakes when you brake.

·         Your brakes make a grinding noise that you can feel in the pedal.If you are experiencing any of these problems, get your vehicle inspected by a professional mechanic as soon as possible.

Stay Safe with Regular Brake Service

Regular brake maintenance will keep you safe and secure on the road so don’t skimp on this important task. The following preventive maintenancewill help keep your brakes in great shape:

·         Have your brakes checked at least once a year. With frequent city drivingor if you drive in an extremely hilly area, have your brakes checked every few months.

·         Check for brake or bearing issues if you hear a scratching or grinding noise when not braking.

·         Have brake fluid tested and replaced regularly. If you have to replace the fluid more thanonce every few months, you may have a leak that needs to be repaired. Our crew will check your brakes and fluids every time you come in for an oil change.

5 Seasons Tire isn’t just for tires. We can handle all your auto repair needs, including brake repair and replacement, oil changes, wheel alignment, electrical issues, engine repair, and much, much more. Make an appointment today, and stay safe on the road all year long. 

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Luke Smith says:
April 11, 2016 at 8:45 pm
I think knowing these tips so if you do notice them is a good thing, and you know you need to get your brakes looked at. I agree that listening to the sounds your car makes can help you know what is going on with it. I'll have to pay attention to if my car pulls to one side, or it grinds when I brake.

Kyle Wayne says:
May 2, 2016 at 10:36 pm
I appreciate all of this valuable information regarding brake repair. I have noticed the grinding noise that you mentioned in the post and I will be sure to take your advice. As you suggested, I will be sure to get my vehicle inspected by a professional mechanic to get my brakes back to a working condition as soon as possible!