If the engine is broken, you’re not going anywhere. However, if the vehicle’s brakes are out of order, you’re not stopping – and that could cause injuries or death for you and your family and possibly another family. Thus, the brake system is one of the most important systems on the vehicle. Brakes that are in good working order provide you with safety. They also prevent damage to your vehicle and make driving more convenient. Bowen Street Garage in Longmont CO can diagnose and repair the vehicle’s brake system if you are having trouble stopping.
1. Noisy Brakes
One of the first things you’ll most likely notice when you need brake repair is noise. If the pads are too low, they’ll start squealing or grinding. Each brake pad has a metal tap that starts to rub on the rotor once the brake pads get down to a certain height. If you ignore the squealing, they’ll start grinding. The metal tabs also dig into the brake rotors. Once you hear grinding, the pad is mostly worn down, and the noise you hear is the backing pad, which is metal, rubbing on the rotors. If your brakes get this low, there’s not much a mechanic can do other than replace the pads and rotors.
2. Pulling to the Left or Right
If you notice that the vehicle pulls to the left or right while driving or braking, you might have a stuck caliper, uneven brake pads, or a collapsed brake hose. Stuck calipers cause uneven pads – the brake pad might constantly rub on the rotor, though not enough to cause a noise that you can hear in the cab. A collapsed brake hose does not allow a caliper to open to remove the pad from the rotor. Calipers can also stick if they become overextended, which often happens when the brake pads become too low.
As soon as you realize you need brake repair, bring your vehicle to Bowen Street Garage in Longmont CO – the longer you wait, the more damage you’ll do to the brake system.
3. Low Brake Pedal
If you have to push the brake pedal more than halfway to the floor, the brake shoes or pads could be worn, or you could have a problem with the master cylinder. If a brake hose leaks bad enough, the brake pedal will most likely go all the way to the floor – and very quickly at that.
Finally, if you lose the vacuum in the vacuum booster, you could also see a low brake pedal or may not have brakes at all. Vacuum boosters do not commonly fail, which is a rare problem, but it could happen.
4. Vibrations in the Brake Pedal or Steering Wheel
If you feel the brakes vibrating when braking normally, your vehicle’s rotors could be warped. While this is a rare condition, it could happen when the rotors get too hot. For example, a stuck caliper causes a lot of friction. Also, driving down a steep mountain or frequently stopping while towing something heavy could cause the rotors to overheat and warp.