Will your car stop when you really need it to stop? Are you hearing squealing or grinding when you step on the brake pedal? Do you have to push your brake pedal in further than you used to? Do you feel or hear vibrations or clunking sounds when braking? Do you feel your car or steering wheel “shudder” when you are braking at higher speeds? These are all indicators of impending brake failure, or the need for brake maintenance.
To keep you and your family safe, brakes should be inspected every other oil change, or about twice/year. All brake pads, shoes, rotors and drums are designed to wear down with use and require periodic replacement. Brake pads can be measured once the wheels are removed. When brakes are new, they will measure about 12mm. At Honest Accurate Auto Service, we keep our customers informed of when they are getting close to needing brake pad replacement, so that they can plan for this necessary service.
Sensors are placed on your brake pads that will to alert you by making a squealing sound when the pad is about 2mm thick, letting you know that they will require replacement very soon. However, the squealing sound will only alert you for a week or two, and then the sound will disappear. That doesn’t mean that problem has gone away, but rather that it has worn past the sensor and repairs are needed immediately. If the pads are not replaced, not only do you lose stopping power, you get metal-to-metal contact, resulting in permanent damage to the rotors/drums. In order to keep the pads and rotors working well together and ensuring smooth stopping power, we often machine the rotors/drums at the same time we are replacing your brake pads/shoes.
If permanent damage (overheating/warping, heat cracks or metal-to-metal grooving) has been done to the rotors or drums,
they will then require replacement, which is significantly more expensive. Timely brake maintenance and service (including brake flush) keeps you safe, decreases repair costs, and saves you money by warding off those very expensive accident costs associated with poorly functioning brakes.
Don’t delay – have your brakes inspected by your favorite Honest Accurate Auto technician now and drive (stop!) safely! Contact us today to learn more about brake maintenance in Colorado Springs.
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I trust the people at Honest Acurate implicitly. They really know what they are doing and change a fair price for their services. I have taken my cars to them for five years and am happy to be greeted by familiar faces. Very fun people. Getting your car worked on is usually a drag, but these people make it much less onerous -- and their shuttle service is great. Highly recommended! 👑
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