It may not be something you think about very often, but the vehicle’s brakes should always be in top working condition. It is important to bring your vehicle in for regular scheduled maintenances. By bringing your vehicle in, we can inspect it for what condition the parts and components are in. Noticing an issue with a part early on can help save on a costly repair bill. This is because by replacing the part as soon as wear is noticed, it can prevent the chance for damage to be done to other parts of the vehicle.
Check the wear by looking at the brake pads through the spaces between the wheel’s spokes. The outside pad presses against a metal rotor. Typically, there should be at least one fourth of an inch of the brake pad. If you see less than this, the brake pads may need to be replaced. You can also bring your vehicle in and we can inspect the brake system for any wear and tear that parts might have. When applying the brakes, if you hear a high-pitched squeal, it could be a sign of brake issues. This noise is caused by a small metal piece called an indicator. This indicator gives an audible warning sign that the brake pads need to be replaced.
There could be a leak in the braking system if you notice the brakes are not as responsive as they once were. The leak could either be an air leak in the brake hose or a brake fluid leak. You can notice a fluid leak because there will be a small puddle of fluid where the vehicle has been parked. The brake fluid will look similar to fresh motor oil, but less of a slimy like texture to it.
The vehicle pulling to one side or the other while braking may be a sign that the brakes need to be inspected. This is caused by the brake linings wearing unevenly or even if there is foreign matter in the brake fluid of the vehicle. The vehicle may need a brake adjustment or might need to have the fluid drained and replaced.
A loud metallic grinding sound could mean that the brake pads have worn down completely to the point beyond replacing. The grinding noise is caused by two pieces of metal rubbing together, typically the disc and the caliper. By the metal rubbing together, this can scratch the brake rotors and create an uneven surface on them. If this happens, the brake rotors might also need to be replaced. It is recommended to bring your vehicle in as soon as possible.