Your brakes are the most important safety element of your car. If they’re not functioning normally, it’s highly unsafe (and illegal) for your car to be on the road. It’s common for motorists to put off much-needed brake service for longer than necessary, so here at AAMCO we decided to offer a free brake inspection(limited offer) to help get you back on the right track. Read on for some more tips on how to recognize failing brakes, and what to do when all is not well. After all, at the end of the day, it doesn’t matter how well your car is running if it can’t stop.
One common warning sign of faulty brakes is when it becomes difficult to stop your car, or if your vehicle makes a grinding or squeaking noise as your car slows. If your brake pedal pulses or makes a clicking noise while stopping, those are also troublesome signs. Of course, more obvious indicators of brake issues are problems such as a missing brake pedal or when the ABS light for your antilock braking system comes on. No matter what the indication is, if you notice these signs or other problems while accelerating or braking in your vehicle, you should take your car in for a brake inspection immediately.
There are a few common issues that can cause these braking symptoms. The first is when your brakes have become hard due to heat, or ‘crystallized,’ and are no longer able to effectively grab and slow down the rotation of your vehicle’s brake drum or rotor. In most cases, this is an indication that the brakes in your vehicle have been overused, either by ‘riding the brakes’ or ‘panic braking,’ both which result is premature brake wear. Oil and grease can also leak onto the brakes and prevent them from working effectively. This can happen if an oil seal in your car is loose, perhaps one from the rear differential or front transaxle, and your brakes have been saturated.
Worn or glazed brake pads are a common reason for the squealing or grinding noise your brakes can make. This means that the pads are worn down, and a brake replacement is in order. ‘Hot spots,’ another common problem, are caused when excessive overheating of the brakes creates hardened areas in the metal makeup of the drum or rotor. All of these issues are either already serious problems or will be soon.
Now, it’s time for the good news. Come in for our thorough brake inspection services, and our expert mechanics will diagnose your vehicle and tell you what steps need to be taken to get your vehicle back on the road. Remember to check your brakes every six months to catch problems early in the game, and don’t forget that our AAMCO transmission experts are here for all your vehicle’s needs—whether it’s a car tune up in Broomfield or Colorado Springs auto repair. Take a look at our Colorado auto repair shops for a list of AAMCO locations.