If your brakes are dragging, squealing, grinding or pulling your vehicle to one side, or if the brake pedal seems low, come in for a brake repair service in St John’s Car Fix right away. At the first sign of brake trouble, you need to take your vehicle to one of our certified brake specialists. We have experienced brake professionals who have the knowledge to answer specific questions about your vehicle’s breaking system.
We recommend a six-month brake inspection and service.
The Brakes Stopping Your Car
Most cars on the road today use hydraulic braking systems, usually with disc brakes in the front and drum brakes in the rear. In either case, hydraulic pressure and friction causes your vehicle to stop.
Most of today’s vehicles are equipped with anti-lock brakes (ABS) that use sensors to monitor the speed of a turning wheel. If ABS determines the wheels are slowing down too fast and are about to lock up, ABS will cycle the hydraulic brake pressure to create a pumping action when the brake pad contacts the rotor surface.
Check Your Brakes
Listed below are the following instances that indicate it is time for you to have your vehicle’s brakes inspected by our professional mechanics:
Noises: Squealing can indicate brake pads or shoes have worn down to their wear indicators. A grinding sound indicates brake pads or shoes have worn down and are in contact with the rotor or drum.
Brake warning lights: Anti-lock braking system (ABS) warning lights will briefly turn on when you first start your vehicle. If they stay on or continue to flash, there may be a fault in the anti-lock braking or traction control system.
Pedal sensations: A pulsing pedal can indicate that your rotors are warped or out-of-round. A low pedal can indicate a need for adjusting or bleeding the brakes.