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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Honest Accurate was incredibly helpful with my vehicle’s engine service. They were punctual and had excellent customer service. I was able to use their shuttle service and Dan (the driver) was very amicable. Bryce (one of the advisors) talked me through the main issue of my engine, and made sure to be very thorough with the overall vehicle. Would highly recommend using this auto repair shop.
I had an amazing experience with honest, accurate Auto. I took my vehicle in for an oil change and they did a very thorough job of looking over my vehicle and pointing out other issues that they found. They included price estimates on the repairs that would need to be done. I found them to be extremely professional, friendly, and thorough. They did a fantastic job getting me to work and back to the shop to pick my vehicle up when they were finished. I would definitely recommend them to others for all of their automotive needs.
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