These Signs Mean Your Import Needs New Brakes

Brakes are your vehicle’s lifeline — literally! Drive on them long enough, they’ll wear out. Ignoring your brakes can not only be expensive, but dangerous. The longer you put off a brake job, the pricier that car repair becomes as the pads wear out and your brakes eat into the rotors. Then you not only need new pads, but new rotors too, which tends to increase the cost hundreds of dollars. And if you ignore your brakes completely, the car becomes less safe because it has less stopping power.

Fortunately, checking the thickness left in your brake pads is fairly simple to do. You could check it yourself or hire a professional you trust. In most vehicles, you don’t even need to take the wheel off (though you may need to remove the hubcap). Look through the spokes of your wheel to the shiny rotor underneath. Between the metal caliper and the rotor, you can find the pad. Check to see if your pads are at least an inch thick. If anything less, it’s time to have your brakes replaced.

Other Signs to Replace Brakes

If you can’t see through the spokes, you’ll need to take off the tire in order to check the pads. You should also check the rotor itself for wear. Rotors should always be pretty smooth. Any nicks or deep pits mean you may need to get the rotor replaced when you get your import brake job.

Another sign you might be ready for new brakes is a high pitched squeal. That’s generally an indicator in your braking system that lets you know it’s time. If you also hear a grinding stone, that means you’ll also need a new set of rotors.

The Importance of a Brake Flush Service

In addition to regular brake inspections and service, it is also critical to have your brake fluid inspected. Theoretically, since the brake fluid operates in an enclosed system, it can be used indefinitely. However, as leaks in the hoses and other parts of the braking system can expose the fluid to water, dirt or other debris, it is a good idea to have it checked at least one a year.

If the fluid is a dark brown color, you will need to have it replaced through a brake flush service. This will prevent moisture and corrosion from damaging your brake lines and other components. It is the best way to ensure optimal braking and safety. Moisture reduces the effectiveness of the brakes, and can even lead to brake failure.

We can inspect the fluid during any brake job or inspection. All you have to do is ask. Give us a call or fill out our online contact form right from your computer to schedule an appointment.

Tips for Doing Your Own Car Troubleshooting

Looking to troubleshoot a mechanical problem on your vehicle? Good for you. First, realize you can do it, no matter what your mechanical experience is. There are plenty of YouTube videos and mechanic advice sites on the Internet to help walk you through it. So do your research, and make sure to have access to the video or website while you are in the garage, either from a smartphone, laptop or tablet, so you can follow along through each step. Also be sure to set up a safe and clean work space. You’d be surprised how much frustration you can avoid simply by having a clear space where you won’t lose essential parts. Keep several plastic cups available for nuts, bolts and other parts.And be patient. Even experienced mechanics know to take their time.