The Longer You Wait the More Expensive Your Brake Repair Will Be
No matter how well you take care of it, your vehicle’s brakes will eventually wear and tear over time. Depending on how aggressive your driving is will determine how soon you should have your brakes checked.
Most people can usually tell when their brakes are starting to act up. Hearing a squeaking or grinding sound when applying the brake pad is one of the first signs that your brakes should be inspected and possibly replaced.
A squealing or squeaking noise is most common in cold weather during early morning driving.
Note: Squealing should stop once brake lining reaches regular operating temperatures. If it persists then have a mechanic take a look at it.
If you’re noticing a slight vibration in the brake pedal or overall car when applying your brake then there is a good chance your brake pads should be replaced. Although brake pads are often one of the first components to go it’s important to know what else makes up a typical braking system.
- Disc brake
- Drum brake
- Brake line
- Brake pad
- Master cylinder
When you’re ready to start on the maintenance of your brakes one of the first things you should check is the brake fluid levels. It’s smart to check these levels every time you get an oil change.
If the brake fluid levels are where they should be then check the thickness of your brake pads or shoes. The brake pads should be replaced if they have been worn down too far.
However it’s best to just bring your car in to 2J’s Automotive if you aren’t too familiar with brake repair and replacement. The mechanics can give your car a free diagnostic test ($80 value) so they can find out what exactly is wrong with your brakes. It can also help the mechanics find out if there is something else wrong with your vehicle that you didn’t notice before.
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Give us a call at 817-232-9866 if you have any questions about your car’s brakes.