BRING YOUR VEHICLE IN FOR BRAKE SERVICING
When your brakes start to feel spongy or hard to press down on are two of the most common signs that your system needs servicing. In these cases, it is likely that air has got into the lines or that you're low on brake fluid.
Other indicators include noises such as a squealing or grinding. This signals your pads are worn and will likely need immediate servicing. Also, if your car pulls to one side, or if your steering wheel or brake pedal shakes it may be time for a brake system inspection; your rotors may be warped and need replacing. In some cases, rotors can be resurfaced to save money. Lastly, your anti-lock braking system (ABS) warning lights will indicate when you’re running low on brake fluid, or that there may be a leak somewhere in your brake lines.
What's Included In My Brake Inspection
Check anti-lock brake sensors
Check brake fluid condition and levels
Check rotors for hot spots and run-outs
Test hardware for necessary adjustments
Check for even wear and measure brake pad/shoe thickness
Inspect calipers for wear & tear, fluid line leaks and movement
Ensure brake lines, and master and wheel cylinders aren’t leaking
ALL YOUR BRAKES NEEDS IN 1 SIMPLE PLACE
There are many mistakes that can be made while repairing your brake system. Errors such as not measuring rotor thickness and installing brake pads backward happen more often than you’d think. Not cleaning the brake slides and hardware before installation are also common occurrences. Any of these oversights can result in costly damages to your vehicle.
Brake fluid becomes contaminated and can shorten the life of your vehicle’s brakes system. Kings County Collision & Repair helps maintain the integrity of your braking components with quality brake fluid.
MOST COMMON BRAKE SERVICE QUESTIONS
Q: What causes brake noise?
A: Brake squeals are caused by the brake pads vibrating, spring clips losing tension or poor brake pad fit on the caliper. If you hear a grinding noise when you brake, you’re likely hearing the metal backing of your brake pad contacting your rotor because the brake pad material has completely worn away.
Q: I hear a grinding noise when I step on the brakes. Should I be concerned?
A: Whether it’s a squeal or a grind, brake noise means the brake system needs some attention. Bring your vehicle to any of our stores, and we’ll be happy to take a look.
Q: My brake pedal feels spongy. Why?
A: If you have to press the brake pedal farther or harder than usual to stop, there could be a hydraulic or mechanical brake problem. Bring your car in for a check as soon as you can.
Q: How often should I change my brake fluid?
A: The most accurate answer is as often as your owner’s manual suggests. Some manufacturers recommend new brake fluid as often as every two years. You also need to change your brake fluid if it contains too much copper. Copper is measured in parts per million, and the industry-accepted limit is 200 ppm. Any more than that and the fluid no longer meets design specifications and should be replaced. We check to make sure your brake fluid is in good shape during our Courtesy Check. There is no charge, but it does take a bit more time.
Q: The car pulls to the right or left when I step on the brakes. Why?
A: You may have a hydraulic brake problem, a mechanical problem, or a steering or chassis issue. A thorough inspection will tell us for sure.
Q: Do I have to change my brake fluid?
A: You don’t have to change your brake fluid, but consider this: When the brake fluid shows signs of high levels of copper content, the additives in the brake fluid are breaking down. This increases acid levels, and causes erosion of parts and possible damage to Anti-Lock Brake System components. Today’s anti-lock brake systems are expensive – some parts cost thousands of dollars, not including labor. Changing your brake fluid protects this investment.
Q: My car shakes when I hit the brakes. What's going on?
A: It’s possibly a sign that your rotors need attention, but we’ll know for sure once we take a look.
Q: I only have 10,000 miles on my car and my brakes are squeaking. Do I need new brakes already?
A: Probably not, but whether it’s a squeal or a grind, brake noise means the brake system needs some attention. Bring your vehicle to any of our stores, and we’ll be happy to take a look.
Q: How long do brake pads and rotors last?
A: All brake pads and rotors wear down. The rate at which this happens depends on your driving style. Cars that drive in town with lots of stop-and-gos will consume brake friction material much faster than cars that drive primarily on highways. Vehicle loads are the other factor. The heavier your car is, the more braking power it requires to stop.
Q : What are brake pads?
A: Brake pads work with the brake caliper to stop the spinning motion of your wheels. The caliper squeezes the pads together, creating friction between the pads and the brake rotors. The pads and rotors then work together to stop your car’s wheels. When you apply pressure to your brakes and hear a squeak, it’s most likely your brake pads warning you they may need to be replaced.
Q : What’s a rotor?
A: Brake rotors, also called brake discs, are a key part of your car’s braking system, As the brake pads clamp down on them, the applied pressure will stop the spinning of your wheels.
Q : How should brake pedals feel?
A: When you apply your brakes, they should feel firm throughout the process, and the harder you push, the firmer your brakes should feel. If your brakes feel spongy when pressure is applied, then you should have them evaluated by a professional mechanic. Spongy brakes could be a sign of a problem in the hydraulic system, such as failing calipers or a weak flex line.
Q : What is a brake system flush?
A: A brake system flush is when existing brake fluid is removed and new fluid is added to the hydraulic system. This ensures proper performance and increased life span of your brakes.