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Having your Brakes serviced and in good working order is imperative for you and your families safety. That’s why Auto Care Plus technicians are thoroughly versed in the operation of automotive braking systems. Our brake maintenance and repair services and technicians use their expertise to get your vehicle back on the road as quickly and reliable as possible.
BRAKE CHECKS & REPAIR CRITERIA
Our Auto Care Plus brake check is thorough and informative, whether your car has disk or drum brakes:
- Inspect the Master Cylinder. This examination ensures that the master cylinder is not worn or cracked. Symptoms of trouble: Brakes that feel mushy and don’t seem to grab the wheels when stopping.
- Check the Brake Lines. Brake fluids can be lost through leaky brake lines and quickly cause brake failure. Symptoms of trouble: Early symptoms are the same as Master Cylinder trouble; brakes feel mushy and aren’t grabbing properly. If the problem is left untreated, the calipers and master cylinder may also be affected.
- Examine Brake Fluid. Brake fluid should be kept at proper levels. It is important that these levels be checked no less than every six months. Manufacturers also recommend that brake fluids be changed approximately every two years. Symptoms of trouble: An unusual smell associated with excessive braking during traffic jams or when driving down steep hills, that require a large amount of braking.
- Examine Rotors/Drums. Rotors simply wear out around 90,000 kilometers, but heavy stop-and-go driving or driving with bad brake pads can shorten their life expectancy. Symptoms of trouble: Bad rotors can cause severe vibration when coming to a quick stop from speeds higher than 50 km/hr. A physical examination will often reveal deep pitting or grooves along the surface; or a surface worn down to less than the minimum thickness.
- Examine Brake Pads & Shoes. Because they are constantly exposed to friction, brake pads and shoes wear out more quickly than any other brake part. When brake pads and shoes need to be replaced, our technicians will also examine the rotors and calipers to ensure they are not worn. Symptoms of trouble: Whenever greater effort has to be exerted to stop a vehicle, the brakes should be thoroughly checked. Other signs of worn pads may include a pulsing brake pedal, noisy/grinding sound when stoping and/or vibration.
- Examine Brake Calipers. Calipers are designed to last as long as a rotor, but their life expectancy is shortened by exposure to Canadian climates and conditions, ice-melt products, including salt and chemicals, brake fluid leaks, and exposure to engine fluids or oils that occur during leaks or equipment failure. Symptoms of trouble: The most common indicator of caliper trouble is a high-pitched sound emanating from the brake area. Another indication is a thudding sound accompanying the act of braking; an indication that the caliper may have come loose. Pulling while braking or a seized brake also directs technicians to the brake calipers.
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TERMS ASSOCIATED WITH BRAKE-RELATED ISSUES
- Drag. This term is used to describe brakes that not only stick, but sometimes heat up wheels, (causing a burned odor), or affect engine power. This type of brake symptom can be one of the most dangerous, because the situation can quickly reverse, and the vehicle suddenly has no brakes.
- Grab. Breaks that lock or grab tight when barely touched may need lubrication, or they may have contaminated grease within the lining. There might also be broken components that could fail if enough pressure were applied, (such as during emergency braking)
- Pulling. Vehicles may pull sharply to the right or left while braking. This can be caused by an under-inflated tire, or is an indication that brakes either need adjustment or repair.
- Squealing or chattering. Minor braking noises can often be attributed to dirt between the break pad and the rotor, but frequent grinding, chattering, or squealing should be examined immediately.
- Vibrating. Brakes can shake the entire wheel system when rotors are bad or internal components have worked loose. Even the brake pedal or the steering wheel may begin rattling or vibrating. However, these issues are not always brake related. Steering mechanisms, CV joints, or bad tire alignment could also be at fault.