Brakes are one of the most important safety features within your vehicle. You may not think about your brakes often, however, they are something you need to keep an eye on. Forgetting or failing to service your brakes can lead to costly repair that can be easily avoided. Depending on the quality of brake pads, you can avoid brake repair or service anywhere from 30,000 miles to 70,000 miles. Brake pads need to be replaced when there is less that ¼ of an inch of material left. Save yourself time and money, bring your car to Autostream Car Care Center in Clarksburg, MD and have one of our brake repair specialists take a look at them for you.
There are a handful of warning signs that can alert you to the need for brake repair or service. We recommend listening to your car every so often with the music and ac unit off, this is because most signs cannot be heard over them. Having your brake pads looked at every other oil change is a good habit to get into. Doing these simple things can help you avoid costly repairs in the future. Take a look at some of the warning signs to look or listen out for.
High-pitched squealing sound: The first sign you need to replace your brake pads is a loud high-pitched squealing noise. This is caused by a small metal wear indicator that when comes in contact with your rotor it creates that high-pitched sound.
A loud grinding noise: This is caused by the metal discs in your brake system rubbing against the caliper. This happens when your bake pads are completely worn down to the metal. This sound means you not only need new brake pads but also need to replace or turn your rotors. That can be a costly fix.
Vibration or pulsation when braking: This is also caused from metal to metal contact and is a severe sign you need to have your brakes and possibly you rotors replaced. Metal on metal contact produces heat and can warp your rotors.
Car pulling to one side when braking: This is a sign of irregular and uneven wear. This can also be a sign you may need to check your tires and/or alignment.
If you think, your brake pads are worn out or you need brake service call (301) 540-1700, stop by, or schedule your appointment online today. One of our brake repair specialists will let you know exactly what is going on and help you get safely back on the road. Don’t forget to check out our specials page for valuable savings.