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Brakes: Pads, Rotors, Caliper Service and Repairs

Faulty brakes can cause dangerous situations that threaten the lives of people on the road. An experienced mechanic should know how to look at the symptoms and provide an accurate diagnosis that keeps you safe. If you have a problem with your brakes, there’s a good chance that it comes from one of these common diagnoses.

#1: Brakes Squeal During Sudden Stops

Brakes shouldn’t make noise when doing their job. Over time, though, parts can get worn or loose. If you hear a squeal during sudden stops, the noise probably comes from:

  • loose or worn brake pads
  • worn brake linings
  • work brake calipers

Mechanics can check these potential problems by looking at the braking system. A brief inspection usually reveals any loose or worn parts.

#2: Vehicle Pulls to One Side When Braking

Car’s with front disc brakes often experience this problem because their calipers have gotten stuck. Other cars might do this because of brake fluid leaks.

Mechanics diagnose the problem by checking fluids. If the fluids stand at acceptable levels, then they look at the calipers. It’s relatively easy for a mechanic to spot the signs of a stuck caliper. If it is stuck, then the mechanic will either suggest repairing or replacing the part, depending on the specific cause.

#3: Vehicle Doesn’t Stop as Quickly as it Once Did

Brakes experience a lot of stress that can quickly lead to damage. If your car doesn’t stop as quickly as it once did, then you know something has gone wrong. Suddenly, it takes your car an extra meter or two to reach a complete stop. That’s extremely dangerous, so you should have a mechanic look at your brakes as soon as possible.

Probable reasons for poor braking include:

  • Warped rotors
  • Worn brake pads
  • Oil leaks that make brakes slippery
  • “Hot spots” on rots or drums

Mechanics take this problem seriously, so they usually perform in-depth diagnostics to find the underlying cause of poor braking. No mechanic wants a client to leave the shop with bad brakes.

They can identify the source by inspecting rotors for signs of metal-on-metal wear, worn brake pads, and oil leaks. They can also identify hot spots by inspecting the rotors and drums for hard areas that resist friction.

If you suspect any of these problems, you should have your brakes inspected and repaired immediately. Don’t take this serious problem lightly!



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