These Signs Mean Your Import Needs To Have Their Brakes Replaced

Brakes are your vehicle’s lifeline—literally! They are your car’s most important safety feature; seatbelts certainly help, but if a cliff is looming ahead, brakes are your best friend. This is especially true if you drive a high performing vehicle like a Porsche or BMW—the brakes are all that stand between you and death.

Plus, the cost of a brake job is highly relative to how long you put it off. Be proactive with your brake repairs, and you’ll minimize the expense. If you continue driving too long on a worn out pad, for example, the calipers will eat right through the rotor, which will then need to be replaced. And for European cars, the cost to replace a rotor can be even more significant than for domestic cars. The truth is that being proactive with brake repair repair and treating it as a regularly scheduled maintenance will ultimately cut your costs and save you money.

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 many 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.

Thin Brake Pads Are Not the Only Sign that You Need to Replace Your Brakes

If you can’t see through the spokes on your wheels, you’ll need to take off the tire in order to check the pads. Whether or not you take the wheel off, 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 any sound that is out of the ordinary when hitting the brake pedal. A high pitched squeal is generally an indicator in your braking system that lets you know it’s time. If you also hear a grinding sound, or the car vibrates when you hit the brakes, that likely means you’ll also need a new set of rotors.

New Brakes Are Great: Don’t Forget 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. It isn’t a closed system, however, if leaks in the hoses and other parts of the braking system expose the fluid to water, dirt or other debris. As a general rule of thumb, it is a good idea to have your brake fluid checked out by a professional in European car repair at least one a year.

If the fluid is a dark brown color, you will need to have it replaced by having a brake flush service. This service will replace the fluid in your braking system and 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. When you make that appointment we will be happy to go over the details with you, whether it is the length that the repair will take or how much it will cost in the end. Give us a call, we will be happy to chat.

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.