Brakes are, without question, the most important safety feature of a vehicle and you depend on them each and every time you get behind the wheel. The last thing you want to worry about is whether your brakes are functioning properly or not. Fully functional breaks are crucial to the safety of your and your passengers and to other drivers on the road, and at Dunsmuir Super Service, we have the knowledge and expertise to get you back on the road quickly and safely with our brake repair, maintenance, service, and inspection.
Car and automobile brakes are precisely engineered and designed to convert kinetic energy (movement) into thermal energy; when you press down on the brakes, a pressurized system of hydraulic brake lines leading to each of the wheels causes the brake pad to clamp down on the spinning rotor, creating the necessary friction to bring the vehicle to a complete stop. Over time, this friction and the heat it produces can wear down the brake pads, brake shoes, calipers, brake rotors, and other components of the brake. While the brake components of each car can vary, the warning signs of impending brake repairs are virtually the same.
Signs it’s time to get a brake repair
On average, you should get your brakes checked every 12 months or 24,000 kilometers. Some common signs it’s time to service your brakes are:
- Squeaking or squealing coming from the brakes
- Grinding sound when braking
- Vibrations while braking
- Taking longer to stop than usual
- Brake pad indicator lights come on
- The brake pads appear to be thin
Other signs that it’s time to have your brakes serviced is noticing the car pulling to one side when braking, due to worn brakes, malfunctioning calipers, or low brake fluid in the brake lines. If your brake pedal pushes down too easily-sometime referred to as “spongy brakes”-this may indicate there is too much air in the hydraulic brake lines.
All of these can be warning signs that it’s time to get a brake repair and you should have your brakes inspected and repaired immediately by a trained professional.
Benefits of getting a brake repair
- Save money on repairs later on
- Increased life-span of the brakes
- Safety and peace of mind
The trained staff at Dunsmuir Super Service are experts in servicing front and rear brake systems and all accompanying brake components such as brake pads, brake shoes, brake linings, rotors, drums, emergency/parking brakes, wheel and master cylinders, antilock brake systems, and hydraulic systems. If you’re noticing any symptoms of tired, worn-out brakes, or it’s been over a year since you last had your brakes inspected, trust the quality service at Dunsmuir Super Service and give us a call.