The braking system is the most important safety feature for your vehicle. The ability to stop quickly and safely is crucial. Part of the brake system also include the brake pads and brake rotors. The friction and heat that occur every time the brakes are applied can gradually start to shorten the lifespan of these parts. It is required to have periodic replacement of these parts in order to keep the braking system in your vehicle functioning properly. You can help maintain the braking system by going to regular scheduled maintenances. We can inspect the vehicle for any parts that may be starting to wear or need replacing.
If you start to hear any unusual noises, there may be an issue with the brakes. The brakes may make noises that range from grinding to squealing, as well as other noises of varying pitches and severity. Anytime you hear an unusual noise from your vehicle, especially from stepping on the brakes, bring it in for inspection immediately. Not only are poor brakes a safety concern, but if they are ignored, it can also do further damage to your vehicle and result in a larger repair bill.
You may notice that the brake light on the dashboard comes on. The brake light typically comes on when the fluid in the reservoir is running low. Worn brake parts or misadjusted brake parts can cause the low fluid in the reservoir. Another reason for any low fluid can be if there is a leak anywhere in the brake system.
The ABS module controls the anti-lock brake system, which is one of the many computer systems in your vehicle. When the ABS light comes on, it is an indication that there is a malfunction somewhere in the ABS system. A diagnostics will be needed in order to determine why the light is on, and what should be done to correct the issue. When the ABS light is on, the system is disabled. The brakes will perform as normal, but the ABS will not function if needed, so it is important to have the issue fixed as soon as possible. Another sign there is an issue with the brakes is if the ABS system engages during normal braking. Anytime the ABS comes on when it is not suppose to, there is usually an issue that needs to be addressed.
If the vehicle shakes or pulsates when the brakes are applied, a brake rotor that has become warped could cause it. This may result in handling issues as well as wearing other parts out prematurely. If the brake rotors have become damaged, chances are the brake pads have worn out completely and will need to be replaced. Brining your vehicle in regularly can help to catch when the brake pads are wearing, which can help prevent a larger repair bill in the future.
Seeing an excessive amount of brake dust on the wheels is an indication the brakes may need attention soon. This can be caused from the brakes not releasing properly and remaining engaged as you let off the brake pedal. Having your vehicle inspected now can help save you on time and expense later.