Having Brake Issues?
Squeaking, rumbling, and grinding metallic sounds used to be the clear indicator that the brake system needed attention. However, with ever-changing brake technology, and new materials being developed to help extend the life of brake pads; noises aren’t always the tell-tale indicator that it’s time to replace worn out parts.
Whether your brakes are just a touch unresponsive, feeling a bit mushy or grinding every time you tap them, Granite Reef Service Center is your one stop shop for quality brake repair.
With Safety in mind, your Brakes are the most critical system on your vehicle. Understanding a little more about the way your brakes work is an important step to take in making sure that you, and your family stays safe. There are several kinds of brakes, that can generally be split into 3 categories, Disc, Drum and Anti-lock brakes. Although they use different technologies to operate specifically, they all use the same principles to bring your car to a complete stop. The most basic way to understand the way your brakes work is to know that the system operates on friction. Pressure from your foot is transferred down a line of hydraulic fluids to amplify the force of your foot and apply pressure to the pads of the brake and stop your wheels from spinning – Friction equals heat, and heat causes wear.
Pay close attention to a few things to ensure the effectiveness of your brakes and to determine if it’s time for them to be serviced.
Brake Pressure. If you notice your brake pedal falling too low when you apply pressure or is requiring excessive force to push down you may have an issue with contaminated brake fluid. Although the brake fluid operates in a vacuum sealed environment it is still possible for air or rust to get into the system and cause problems. Usually this kind of issue is easily fixed by bleeding the brake lines, replacing the fluid or calibrating the vacuum level in the brake booster.
Noisy Brakes – If your brakes are making any kind of noise, most of the time you can assume that something is wrong. Whether it is a sharp whine, low groan or strange “clunk” sound, you should consider having your brakes looked at. Any kind of noise is sign that your brakes are wearing down past the point of safety or have already done so. Give us a call to schedule a time for us to take a look at your brakes.
Brakes Pulling or Grabbing – When you release the brake pedal, your breaks should immediately respond by letting go and allowing the wheels to spin freely. If your brakes continue to hold after you release the pedal it is most likely caused by failing brake pads or a damaged brake disc.
There are generally only 3 types of brakes, Disc, Drum and Anti-lock brakes. No matter which type you have, Granite Reef Service Center is qualified to repair or replace your brakes. Let our expert automotive techs ensure that your vehicle will come to a smooth and complete stop every time, no matter the situation.