Brakes are the number one safety feature of any vehicle, and if your brakes are not responding properly when applied or making odd squeaks and squeals, its time for brake service and brake repair. Brakes can squeak for a variety of reasons, but continuous squeals and grinding sounds may mean it’s time for new brake pads or shoes. Worn brakes can mean longer stopping distances and difficulty stopping in an emergency situation. Rotors and drums that are too thin may even become over-stressed and break.
Brakes rarely fail suddenly. They deteriorate slowly with wear. Brake life depends on many factors, such as terrain, city vs. country travel, driving style, and even climate. Brakes are a normal wear and tear item for any car, with heavy emphasis on the wear. Eventually, your brake system parts are going to need replacement for performance and safety reasons.
Brakes are important and regular service is advised. You should inspect brakes every 5000 miles for basic pad wear and replace disc pads when there is 2 mm or one eighth of and inch of friction material remaining on the backing plate. Do not let brake pads wear down father than this or you may suffer brake fade and brake failure making your next brake repair costly.
ABS brakes have become standard if you own a newer vehicles. If your indicator light comes on or you are having trouble with steering when you slow down these could be clear indicators that you are having a problem and should call us as soon as