How to Tell if Your Car Needs Brake Repair


How to Tell if Your Car Needs Brake RepairYou may think it would be simple to tell if your car required brake repair or service, such as if it becomes more difficult to stop. Well sure, but if you experience actual difficulty stopping you're past the point when the brakes should have been serviced. It's important to ensure your brake system is functioning 100 percent correct at all times so you can stop quickly to prevent accidents. Be aware of these signs of brake trouble and if you experience any of them make an appointment with your local auto repair shop right away to have the problem serviced!

Car Pulls to one Side

You car should move in a straight line when you hit the brakes. If the car tries to go to the left or right as you slow your car may have uneven wear of the brake pads, dirty brake fluid or a malfunctioning wheel cylinder. Each of these can greatly reduce your car's braking power.

Brakes Squeal

Do you hear a grinding sound when you hit the brakes? What about a squeal? Neither of these are good signs of brake health. Brakes will generally make noise for two reasons. The first is because your brake pads are designed with a small mechanism that creates the squealing when the pads are getting low to warn you that they need to be repaired. The second is because your brake pads are almost or completely gone, and metal is rubbing on meta.. In either case, make an appointment for brake repair right away.

Brake Pedal Hits the Floor

When you hit the brakes there should be some resistance coming from the brake pedal. If it is soft or spongy there is a good chance your brake pads are nearly gone. However it could be a more serious problem, such as a possible brake fluid leak or air in the brake lines.

Bad Vibrations

If you feel a vibration coming from the car's brake pedal, steering wheel or the car as a whole when you brake then you most likely have warped rotors. Rotors are what the brake pads grip in order to slow your vehicle on a disc brake system. If the rotors are warped you vehicle's brake pads can't grip a smooth surface thus decreasing the amount of friction and lowering your ability to effectively brake.

Brake problems should never be taken lightly. If you suspect brake issues call your local auto shop right away to see if it is safe to drive your car to the shop or if it should be towed. If you need brake repair in Jackson, MI, visit the team at Jimmie's Towing & Auto Repair. Our full service shops are staffed by expert techs who are capable of handling any car trouble. Give us a call at the location nearest you to schedule superior auto repair in Jackson, MI, today. To learn more about services regarding brake repair in Jacksonville do not hesitate to give us a call at at (517) 435-0314 on Michigan Avenue or (517) 435-0302 on Cooper Street.


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