What Is Involved in Auto Brake Repair

When driving, most people are oblivious to the condition of their brakes. After all, they’re located inside the tire, and the only time many get them inspected is during a routine oil change. Unfortunately, many people go longer than the recommended 3,000 miles and this the first sign indicating a problem with brakes is the ominous sound of squealing every time you hit the brakes.


Along with squealing, there can be other signs that your brakes are in need of a check-up or replacement. One common sign is a change in the pressure of the brake, which can be either difficult to press down or, conversely, remain low to the floor. Another is the brake warning light staying on permanently. All of these typically indicate nothing more than a simple change in brake pads and, for good measure, a tire rotation. However, should the squealing noise progress to a loud grinding noise, or if your car wobbles as you brake, you may be in for some trouble.

If not replaced after a certain point, brake pads can wear down to the point where they begin to grind along the rotor. In some cases, the rotor will just wear down on its own, making it a necessary part of a brake inspection. If your rotors are only slightly damaged, then a quick fix is usually found in the form of rotor refinishing. This is often used when the rotor is warped, though the severity of the warp will determine if all it needs is a refinishing or if they need to be replaced.

When you get your brakes inspected or replaced, the mechanic should also check the hydraulic brake fluid, brake master cylinder, brake power booster, and the anti-lock brake sensors to ensure everything is in working order. If you stay on top of your car’s maintenance, then brakes should be the least of your worries, especially if you’re familiar with your car and know how to change them on your own. Brake pads are relatively cheap, with much of the cost coming in the form of labor. By purchasing brake pads at an auto parts store, you can replace them yourself for a fraction of the cost. Of course, not all brake issues can be fixed on your own, and as such you should seek out a reputable mechanic to help you maintain your brakes throughout the duration of your car’s life.

Many mechanics offer a lifetime guarantee on their brake pads, meaning that a one-time purchase and installation of brake pads means you never have to purchase a new set again. You should inquire with your mechanic about a possible warranty before allowing them to perform any form of maintenance on your vehicle.

Posted on June 5, 2012 at 9:00 AM