By noticing the behavior and handling of your vehicle, you can catch brake problems before they become too costly and more importantly, too dangerous. It is also recommended to bring your vehicle in and we can inspect it for you. If you notice anything between regular inspections, make sure to schedule an appointment so the issue can be resolved quickly.
While driving your vehicle it is recommended that you occasionally turn off the radio and listen to your vehicle. A different sound the vehicle gives off is typically the easiest way to detect a problem within the components. If a grinding sound is coming from any corner of your vehicle while you are braking or if there is a rough feel coming from the brake pedal, then it is likely that your brakes need to be looked at. Shimming or shaking is also a sign for a problem. It is important to take care of this problem early on because putting off such repair will lead to additional problems such as broken or damaged rotors, brake pads, or loss of pressure in your brake fluid lines.
Your brake pads are a part of your braking system that provides friction to give us the stopping power we need. Brake pads are designed to wear out and will then need to be replaced. The brake rotors on the other hand are more costly if they go out. Your brake pads are located between the caliper and the rotor. Your braking system uses friction, which changes kinetic energy from the moving vehicle into heat energy. Brake pads have to have a high enough coefficient of friction to convert the energy of the moving vehicle into heat.
A brake rotor is a flat piece of steel that is attached to a rod. It is held in place on the inside of your wheel. On each side of the rotor is where your brake pads are located. When you apply the brake pedal, the pads compress around the rotor causing it to slow down or stop the vehicle. Rotors are very thick because they need to dissipate the heat that is caused by the friction of the brake pads. If the brake pads start to become worn thin, metal-on-metal contact will start. This can start your steering wheel shimming while you brake. Vehicles that sit a long period of time are likely to develop rust around the body of the car as well as around the rotor. Overlooking problems within your braking system cannot only be dangerous but expensive.