- August 5, 2021
- Posted by: Perris Auto Repair
- Category: Brakes
One of the most critical components in your vehicle is the braking system. Whether you drive an economy car, a sports car, a SUV, or a full size work truck, the brakes need to be kept in great working condition. How do you go about that? Always read your owner’s manual for your manufacturer’s recommendations regarding your maintenance schedule. Don’t skip the brake service when the time comes. And if you notice the brake pedal feels different, or hear excessive squeaking or grinding, then it may be time for a brake inspection, a brake repair, or new brake pads.
Routine Brake Service and Maintenance
Brake inspections should be performed regularly to prevent bigger issues. Every time you use the brakes, the brake pad gets worn down a little. If the brake pad gets worn down too low, it can damage the rotors, which will require a more costly repair. It’s a good idea to have your brakes serviced at least twice a year, or every time you have your tires rotated.
The time may vary for you, depending on your vehicle type, driving style, and driving conditions. Your brake pads should be replaced when they reach about 0.10 inch thick. Performing routine maintenance on your brakes will ensure that worn brake pads will be replaced in a timely manner, and keep you driving (and stopping) safely. Below is some general information and a few signs to watch out for:
Brake pads convert the kinetic energy of the vehicle to thermal energy through friction. This means that the brake pads generate a lot of heat. And friction creates wear on the surface of the brake pad, which is usually made of a friction resistant material (synthetic, metallic, or ceramic) bound to a steel backing plate. So, the brake pad is a critical component in the disc braking system of your car.
Brake Problem Signs
While you are behind the wheel, pay close attention to changes in driving performance. You can often feel subtle signals from your car when something needs attention. If your brake pedal feels squishy, or you need to press it down harder or farther than normal, it may be time to schedule a service.
Some brake pads are actually designed to make a squeaking or scraping sound when it is time to replace worn brake pads. The sound will get louder the more the brakes are used. Don’t delay making a service appointment if this happens.
If the noise has progressed to more of a grinding sound, then the brake pads may have worn down completely, and continued use of the brakes can cause serious damage to the rotors. Damaged rotors will need to be resurfaced or replaced, which are much more costly repairs.
If your car shakes when you apply the brakes, this may be an indication that you need a brake service appointment. Shaking felt in the steering wheel or under the brake pedal, is usually a sign that your brake pads need to be replaced. Pulling or diving to one side while braking may mean there is an issue with the calipers.
Time to Get a Brake Repair?
Brakes are one of the biggest safety items on your vehicle. Any time you feel that there is an issue with the brakes in your car, bring it in for a diagnostic inspection and have the necessary repairs done. Your personal safety, the safety of your passengers and everyone else on the road will benefit from your diligence.
Brakes that work properly have many benefits and are worth the investment of time and resources. A few things to consider:
- Preventable accidents (like fender benders) = Lower insurance premiums
- Cars that are accident free have a higher resale value
- Routine maintenance can prevent costly repairs and prolong the life of your car
Where To Have Your Brakes Repaired
Finding a local repair shop that you can trust, provides peace of mind. Perris Auto Repair has been servicing Perris, Riverside and Moreno Valley since 1990. We are a family owned and operated business that strives to provide honest and ethical work to our community.
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