There are so many functions our vehicle performs for us that we take for granted. We punch the gas pedal and zip through traffic. We turn a knob and our lights, radio and A/C come on. We hit the brakes and we stop. Of the hundreds of operations our vehicle carries out, braking is one of the most important. Caring for your brake system and recognizing when it is not working properly are crucial. That’s where your team at Great Bridge Auto Service is ready to help.
Four Common Brake Problems
1. Pedal Not Responding Correctly
- You have to mash the pedal to get the brakes to respond.
- The pedal feels “spongy” when applying brakes.
- The pedal sinks slowly to the floor when depressed.
- The pedal gets too low to the floorboard, but can be pumped up to proper positioning.
- as a pulsation in the brake pedals or shaking in the steering wheel
3. Grinding or Squealing Sounds
1. Check Brake Fluid Level – (at every oil change)
Low fluid levels are a tell-tale sign that trouble is brewing in your brake system. Your brake system is a closed system, so no fluid should escape. Our technician will check your fluid level every time you have your oil changed.
2. Inspect Brake Pads – (at every tire rotation)
Each time you depress your brakes, a small amount of your brake’s pads wears off. Your brakes work hard every day, so over time these need to be changed. How often? Between 30,000 – 70,000 miles depending on the type of pads you have. Whenever you have your tires rotated, our technician will inspect your brake pads.
3. Inspect Brake Lines – (at every tire rotation)
Brake lines are located on the underbelly of your vehicle. This area makes them prime targets to road hazards, debris, salt and harsh elements. Having your lines checked for corrosion or leaks is important to how efficiently your brakes work. Our technician will check your brake lines whenever your tires are rotated.
4. Get Brake Fluid Flushes – (every 2 years or 30,000 miles)
Brake fluid gets contaminated just like your oil. How does this happen in a closed system? One way is that small particles within the braking system deteriorate and become suspended in the brake fluid. The second is any moisture that gets into your system through pin size holes is held in suspension by your brake fluid. Over time, this moisture can cause corrosion within your brake system. The general rule of thumb is to have your brake system flushed every 2 years or 30,000 miles.