Here in Vail, you need high-performance brakes that can hold their own in the mountainous landscape. Keep your brakes healthy by scheduling brake service with Vail Auto Repair every six months.
How do you know when to see a mechanic for brake repair? Usually your car will let you know. Noises when you apply the brakes are never a good sign regardless of the type of noise you hear. Be alert for any of the following symptoms:
- High-pitched screeching or squealing noises when you hit the brakes. This usually means you need to replace your brake pads. From time to time, turn off your radio, heater or AC, open the window, and listen for squealing brakes. If you hear them, you need brake service.
- Metal-on-metal grinding or growling noises when you brake. Your car is telling you that your brake pads are worn out and you are damaging your rotors and drums. The noise is the sound of the disc and caliper rubbing together. Schedule brake repair immediately.
- Vehicle wobbles, shakes or trembles when you apply brakes. The rotors are probably warped. Have them resurfaced or replaced.
- Brakes are less responsive than usual or you need to push the brake pedal closer to the floor. This usually means there's a leak in your brake system, especially if you see a small puddle of brake fluid under the car after you park. It could also be a rusted metal brake line, a worn master cylinder, a worn wheel cylinder or a worn brake caliper. The brake system could be ready to go out. Schedule brake repair ASAP.
- Auto pulls to one side when you brake. Brake fluid may need replacement or the brake linings could be wearing unevenly.
- Brake pedal pulsates up and down when you apply pressure. This is usually due to normal wear and tear. Heat and usage eventually thin out the brake drum or rotor, which in turn causes warping, which then causes the pulsing. Your brakes may need replacement.
- Clicking or rattling while braking. Anti-rattle devices that stop movement of the brake pads and keep disc brakes from clicking have worn out and need to be replaced.
- Car slides forward when braking. The brake caliper may need replacement. Uneven braking can cause your vehicle to slide in bad weather, so have the brakes checked immediately.
- Slow braking or a lag in braking. This could mean a problem with brake hose. If the brake hose has a leak, the brake system could stop working altogether.
- You have to pump your brakes to make them work or your brakes feel spongy and soft. There may be air in the brake lines, or the lines could be damaged. Your master cylinder, brake calipers or wheel cylinders might also need replacement. Have your brakes serviced immediately.
We recommend biannual brake system maintenance
An important part of brake maintenance is to have your brake fluid flushed so it won't become corrosive and damage the rest of the system. With regular brake service, you are much less likely to be surprised or endangered by brake safety issues or by brake malfunctions. The easiest way to guard against mishaps and stay safe on the road is with annual or biannual brake service at Vail Auto Repair.