We aren’t here to give you a lecture, but we cannot stress enough how important it is to take care of your automobile’s brake system. If you take care of it, it will take care of you, and you don’t ever want to find yourself in a situation where you cannot stop your car, truck, or SUV. If you notice any of the following signs of brake problems, bring your vehicle to Automotive Specialists right away for an inspection and brake service. We’ll make sure your brakes are in tiptop shape so you stay safe on the road.
If you hear grinding when you apply the brakes, your brake pad material has worn all the way down and you’re brake pad backing, which is made from steel, is scraping against your vehicle’s brake rotors, which are also made from metal. This metal-on-metal contact damages the rotors and, trust us, replacing the rotors is much more expensive than replacing the brake pads.
If you hear squealing sounds coming from your wheels while you’re driving, the brake pad warning system is working. Manufacturers put warning discs in the brake pads so they’ll squeal once it’s time to replace them. You may also see your Brake dashboard light turn on. Get the pads replaced so you can avoid the metal-on-metal contact discussed above. Usually, you need new brake pads every 50,000 miles or sooner.
Vibrating Brake Pedal
If the pads have damaged the rotors, or if you have dirt and grime stuck in the rotors or calipers, you may notice your brake pedal vibrating when you slow down to stop. You might also feel the vibration in your steering wheel. This isn’t normal, and it’s important to get the source of the vibration fixed right away. You don’t want to play with fire if you will. If there is a problem with the rotors or calipers, it will affect brake system performance.
Burning Chemical Smell
Finally, your brakes can overheat just like your vehicle’s engine can and when they do, you may not be able to stop your car, truck, or SUV. Avoid this frightening and dangerous situation by stopping your vehicle if you smell something hot that has a chemical odor to it. Even if it isn’t the brakes, it isn’t safe to drive your automobile when something is overheating. This can lead to brake failure or a vehicle fire.
Automotive Specialists is the brake expert and we’d be happy to service and repair your brake system. We work with all types, including ABS, disc, and drum.