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Grinding, squeaking or squealing brakes can indicate a problem with your car brakes that should be addressed. You should also look out if your brake pedal feels spongy or if your steering wheel is shaking. If you've noticed any of these common signs of brake problems, bring your car into Tune, Lube and Brakes Auto Car Care. Your car brakes help safely avoid collisions with other objects or vehicles on a daily basis and you must take care of this critical component of your car.
A fully functioning brake system is crucial to your safety, the safety of your passengers,
and the safety of other drivers on the road. Your vehicle’s brake system involves highly engineered parts and precise movements that stop your vehicle by converting kinetic energy into thermal energy. When you press down on the brake pedal, the master cylinder pressurizes a system of hydraulic brake lines leading to each of the vehicle’s wheels, where brake pads or shoes press against a disc or drum and create the necessary friction needed to slow the vehicle to a complete stop. Over time, this friction and heat has the potential to wear down the brake shoes, brake pads, calipers, brake rotors, and other braking components. While the components comprising each brake system may vary, the warning signs for impending brake repairs are the same.
Bad brakes display warning signs for impending brake maintenance. For example, if your brakes squeal or grind when in use, then your brake pads may be worn and require replacements. If your vehicle pulls to one side when braking, then this may point to worn brakes, a malfunctioning caliper, or low brake fluid in the brake lines. If your brake pedal presses down too easily—also known as “spongy” brakes—then this may be an indication of too much air in the hydraulic brake lines. Sometimes, your vehicle’s electronic diagnostic system will alert you to a potential brake issue by a service indicator light on the dashboard. While these are only some of the most common signs of potential problems with your vehicle’s brake system, noticing these signs of faulty brakes and seeking out a brake service can save you money down the line. Our staff is trained in maintaining and servicing front and rear brake systems and all accompanying brake system components like brake pads, brake shoes, parking brakes, rotors, drums, and hydraulic systems. If you experience any of the above signs or symptoms of bad brakes, like unusual squealing or grinding noises, then call us today to have your brakes inspected immediately.
Your brake system’s rotors, in conjunction with the brake pads, help bring your vehicle to a complete stop. Commonly made of cast iron, rotors are discs that mount to the wheel hub. When you press the brake pedal, the brake pads compress against the rotors and slow your wheels. Rotor design may vary from vehicle to vehicle and from brake system to brake system. Variations in design help dissipate the heat created between the brake pads and the rotors when you slow your vehicle. Disc brake systems can account for heat dissipation in two ways: either the rotors will have a ventilated design, or the brake pads will contain a slot on the surface. These vents and slots provide passages so air circulation can effectively cool the rotor. Proper heat dissipation is extremely important for prolonging the life of your rotors. Drivers are encouraged to watch their brake rotors and seek rotor repairs or rotor replacements when necessary.
Brake pads and rotors work together to stop your vehicle, and share similar wear patterns. As brake pads compress against the rotor to
stop the vehicle, the friction required to slow your wheels creates a large amount of heat that, if not properly dissipated, can wear down
your brake pads and rotors. A vibrating brake pedal is one indication that your rotors are damaged and need to be replaced. When a
rotor is removed from the brake assembly, the rotor will be inspected for cracks and other damage incurred during routine operation. Periodic inspections of rotors will prolong rotor repairs and replacements while ensuring your brake system continues operating
as expected. Seeking brake rotor replacements within the service intervals indicated by your owner’s manual, or as wear and tear
dictates, is an important part of brake maintenance. If you are wondering if a rotor replacement is right for your vehicle, please consult
with a member of our service staff today.
Tune, Lube and Brakes Auto Car Care of Chula Vista proudly serves the Brake Repair needs of customers in Chula Vista, CA and
Call us today at 619-476-1731 for your FREE check engine light inspection, or for more information about our Chula Vista auto
We are located at 694 Broadway, Chula Vista, CA 91910.
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