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Spotting Brake Issues and Getting the Car Repairs You Need


One of the most common car repairs is brakes. No matter what type of vehicle you buy, you’ll need to replace the brakes at some point. Let’s shed some light on the signs that your brakes are in need of repair and what those repairs could include.

Signs You Need New Brakes

Your car will give you some specific hints when the brakes are on their way out. Here’s what you need to know.

Squealing

It may seem like a no-brainer, but a high-pitched screeching sound when you apply the breaks is a sign that you need to have your brakes inspected – and probably replaced. What you might not know is that many brake manufacturers put indicators into their brakes to specifically produce the squealing sound as a warning to drivers.

Grinding

A grinding sound when you press on the brakes is an indication that your problem has gone on a bit too long. It means that the pads weren’t replaced in time or something is rubbing against the rotors the wrong way. The problem may go deeper than just the brake pads. It could indicate brake calipers or pistons grinding on the rotor. If you hear grinding, get your vehicle into the shop as soon as possible.

Pulsations or Vibrations

When you get to the point that you’re experiencing pulsing and vibrating, you most likely have an issue with your brake rotors. Warped or worn rotors will seriously hinder effective braking. It’s imperative that your brake pads and rotors come into contact cleanly. Any pulsation or vibration should have you calling your trusted mechanic right away.

Brake Pedal Pressure

If you put your foot on the brake and you don’t experience firm resistance, you may have a problem. There are simple things that could be the culprit, including:

  • A leak in the brake line.
  • The brake pedal needing an adjustment.

Of course, this could be due to a failing brake system. The only way to know for sure is to get things checked out.

Types of brake repair

There are certain routine repairs that you’ll face at some point.

Brake Pad Replacement

Of all the brake repairs, replacing the pads is the least expensive and the simplest. Though the job isn’t a difficult one, it’s important that it still be done by a professional to avoid experiencing any of the symptoms listed here, which can be a result of improper installation.

Rotor Resurfacing

Your mechanic may suggest that you have your brake rotors turned or resurfaced whenever you have the brake pads replaced.

Additional adjustments

Your vehicle’s braking system has a lot of components, including:

  • Brake pedals.
  • Brake boosters.
  • Master cylinders.
  • Brake fluid.
  • Brake lines.
  • Calipers.
  • Pistons.
  • Pads.
  • Rotors.

Trust your brakes to the pros

Professional auto technicians like the ones at Conrad’s can look at your brakes, make recommendations, and handle any repairs that are necessary. Get in touch with us today to set up an appointment to have your brakes inspected.

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