Long Beach Brake Repair
Brake repair is something that should never be neglected. With that being said, one of your cars most important elements besides your engine are the brakes. Your engine makes you move but the brakes make you stop. Unfortunately, most Long Beach drivers don’t think too much about their brakes, until they stop working. To help avoid that scary thought we would like to share some of the signs that it’s time to get your brakes inspected. One of the most common failures of your brake are the brake pads. If they are routinely inspected you can get them replaced before they cause any serious damage to your vehicle. While prices can vary based on you type of vehicle, the cost is still relatively inexpensive compared to a complete brake system overhaul.
For the majority of newer vehicles, the front wheels braking system depend on large metal discs called “rotors”. The rotors are mounted behind each wheel. Above each rotor is a clamping mechanism called a “caliper”. When you apply pressure on the brake pedal, the calipers will start to close, squeezing the rotors from both sides. This action creates friction, and as a result slows your vehicle until it comes to a safe stop.
Brake pads, per the name are exactly that. Pads that are mounted inside the calipers to make contact with the rotors during the previously mentioned process. Unfortunately, brake pads won’t last forever. Additionally, the friction stopping process will eventfully wear down. Depending on your driving habits and if you travel freeway versus city can also take a toll on the pads, making them wear out quicker. When your brake pads get to worn they won’t work as well as they should. If this happens you may need brake repair and that’s when to visit or schedule a free appointment with the experts at Orozco’s Auto Service.
Possible brake problem tips:
Some vehicles, brake pads fit snugly into a special holding device. Other vehicles keep them steady with pins, clips or bolts. The common goal behind these designs is to keep the brake pads from wobbling. If they become loose, they will begin to rattle. What happens next is a clicking sound that rings out when the brake pedal is pushed or released.
Stopping takes longer than it used to
This is called “brake fade.” This is usually a result of applying the brakes over a vast distance without bringing the car to a full stop. Sometime this can be a bad driving habit know as ridding the brake, some people are overly cautious which can wear on your brakes. This can also happen while driving down a mountainside or over winding roads. However, if you live in an area will lots of hills you ridding the brakes may not be avoidable—but, over time it will take a toll on your braking system.
Your car pulls to one side when braking
Brake pads don’t always wear out at the same rate. Depending on your daily Long Beach commute, following the same turns day after day can result in uneven wear. Should this occur, your vehicle may pull slightly to one side or the other when you use the brakes. Leaving this problem unchecked can put unnecessary stress on your vehicles suspension like the ball joints, steering knuckles, wheel bearings and more.
Most brake pads are built with “wear indicators.” Wear indicators are small metal tabs located near the top of typical brake pads. When the brake pad wears down an unsafe level, the indicator will scrape against the rotor. This creates a distinctive grating noise which warns drivers that the brake pads are in immediate need of service. If you ignore this to long the pads can completely wear our forcing your vehicle to stop with metal grinding on metal that will destroy your rotors and lead to complete brake failure.
Vibrations when the brake is pressed
If your brake pedal shakes whenever you step on it your brake pads may be the problem. Brake pads are typically held together with a binding resin. As each brake pad wears down, this adhesive gets hot and can get smeared across the rotor. Under the best of circumstances, it will form a layer that’s evenly spread over the disc’s surface. But if a brake pad gets overheated, the resin may not be distributed uniformly. This is called this issue “glazing” and it can cause brake pedals to vibrate.
If your vehicle is showing any of the above signs, or you feel your vehicle’s brake system needs service or are not sure and would like to have your brakes inspected, call Orozco’s Auto Service of Long Beach Downtown today at 562-426-6322. Always keep your vehicle in good condition and ensure the safety of yourself, your loved ones, and those around you!
Orozco’s Auto Service Long Beach – Los Angeles County CA
3033 Long Beach Blvd., Long Beach, CA USA
Call Today: 562-426-6322 – Auto/Fleet/Diesel Service Repair