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Category Archives: Brake Repair

Why do my brakes squeak?

Why do my brakes squeak?

Squeaking front brakes are a definite sign that your car needs some attention! There are plenty of things that can go wrong with your brake system and cause squeaking. The sooner that you have the situation checked out the better off you will be in avoiding unnecessary expenses with your repairs. The best-case scenario is that the brake pads are worn out and the squeaking is coming from a warning sensor that is designed to alert you of the worn-out brake pads. A tell-tale sign of this condition is a consistent squeal or squeak that goes away when braking. Address this concern right away and you may be able to reuse the brake rotors.  Avoiding this warning noise will eventually lead to a deeper and louder grinding noise. This grinding may be the brake pad backing contacting the brake rotor. In most cases, the grinding of the pad and rotor will lead to the need to replace the brake rotors.  Avoiding the grinding and continuing to drive may go even further and damage the brak ... read more

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Brake Repair

How Often Should I Have My Brake Pads Replaced?

How Often Should I Have My Brake Pads Replaced?

It's important to get routine maintenance on your vehicle to keep it running like new. Often, simple things like getting your brake pads replaced every 40,000 to 50,000 miles can help you prevent accidents and avoid costly repairs. Depending on the climate you live in and your driving habits, you may need to get your brakes serviced more often. If you are rougher on your brakes, you may find yourself replacing your brake pads in less than 40,000 miles. However, if you're a very careful driver, you may find that your brake pads last even longer than 50,000 miles. Below, we'll discuss warning signs that your brake pads may be wearing thin and require replacement, and how weather can damage your brakes. One way to tell that your brake pads may need to be replaced is a squeaking sound when you press the brakes. You may also notice that you have the press the brake much harder than before to stop, as well as a clicking sound. The squeaking sound and brake-time will become wor ... read more

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Brake Repair

Why Does My Car Shake?

Why Does My Car Shake?

Why is your car shaking!? One of the most common complaints a new client comes in with is "Shaking While Braking". Your driving down a busy road moving quickly through your day, as soon as you begin to brake for an upcoming traffic light your steering wheel begins to wobble back and forth!?! No need to fear! This is a common complaint and our certified mechanics are well versed in the variety of issues that may cause shaking while braking.  One of the most common issues causing this is brake rotors that are warped or out of parallelism. After a thorough evaluation of the braking, steering, and suspension systems the technician will recommend the best route of repair. If the issue is determined to be related to the brake rotor there are two options for repair. Providing that there is sufficient material remaining on the rotor, it can be machined and reused. If the rotor is worn below its serviceable limit then the rotor will require replacement. During this se ... read more

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Brake Repair