To ensure that your vehicle stays in good working condition, it is important to get it serviced on a regular basis. Have you noticed that your brakes are grinding or squealing when the car slows to a stop? Are you concerned that the vehicle isn’t stopping smoothly? It may be time for a brake service at Ethan’s Honest Auto.
Your car needs to be safe on the road, and your brakes are crucial to ensuring that you make it to your destination safely. We take pride in our service department and are committed to completing the job right. Talk to us about your concerns, and we’ll tell you what needs to happen with your vehicle to keep it in top condition.
Why Do You Need Brake Service?
Brake linings wear out over time. In order to get the car to stop, brake pads utilize friction to get the desired result. That means that each time you push down on your brakes, your linings get a little more worn out. After a certain amount of time, the linings need to be replaced altogether.
It is hard to predict when this will happen because there are a number of different factors that come into play over the life of your car. For example, how often you stop your vehicle and how much pressure you apply both have an impact on how fast the linings wear out. And that’s not all; the friction material that is used also plays a role. The type of car you drive is important as well; a heavier automobile is going to wear out its linings before a lighter vehicle.
What Happens When You Bring Your Car In?
The first step in the process is to look over your car and the brake system. Because of the factors noted above, your brakes aren’t going to look like anyone else’s brakes. There are so many reasons why the system might be failing, so it is important to take a look at everything to figure out which components need to be repaired and which are still in good working condition.
What Is A Complete Brake Job?
In many cases, only certain items will need to be replaced or fixed due to wear. For example, the front brakes will wear down much faster than the rear brakes, which means you may only need work done on the front to start. However, there are times when your entire brake system needs to be worked on. Some of the parts involved include:
- Master Cylinder
- Brake Hoses
- Brake Linings
- Drum Hardware
- Brake Fluid
- Brake Lubricant
- Wheel Bearings
This is by no means an exhaustive list, but it does give you an idea of some of the work that may need to be performed.
At Ethan’s Honest Automotive, we are happy to talk to you about your concerns and take a close look at your vehicle to determine what is going on. After an inspection, we let you know how much it will cost to have the necessary repairs performed. Get in contact with us today to let us know how we can help you!
1) Why are my brakes vibrating?
A pulsing brake pedal may be one of the first signs that your brakes need to be looked at by a mechanic. This vibration usually occurs because your rotors are warped. The brake rotors are the flat discs that rotate and attach to your vehicle’s wheels.
Your wheels may also be out of alignment, which can cause vibrations in your brake pedal. A certified mechanic like those at Ethan’s Honest Automotive can help you determine which problem is occurring in your vehicle.
2) What is brake fluid?
Brake fluid is an essential part of your brake system. The fluid travels up the brake line to the calipers. Brake fluid acts as a transferrer of pressure, not as a lubricant. It allows your brake pads to create the friction they need to stop your vehicle.
Brake fluid needs to be changed periodically as part of your vehicle’s scheduled maintenance. You may also have a brake fluid leak. These can be hard to detect. Without brake fluid, your brakes will not work. That is why is it so important to have regular maintenance on your brakes.
3) Why does my brake pedal sink to the floor?
Another sign that something is wrong with your brakes is if your brake pedal sinks to the flood. This occurs either because of a leak in the brake hose or a brake fluid leak.
Another reason for your brake pedal to be less responsive—which creates the sinking towards the floor—is a problem with the master cylinder. When the master cylinder gets worn, it can lose its seal. This then causes a reduction in hydraulic pressure, which reduces your pedal’s effectiveness.
4) How often do I need my brakes serviced?
If you experience any problems with your brakes—pedal sinking, squealing brakes, fluid leaks, etc.—you should bring your vehicle to Ethan’s Honest Automotive immediately. These can indicate a big problem with your brake system.
Outside of actual problems with your brakes, you should schedule regular brake inspections. The ideal interval for this scheduled maintenance is every six months. You can have your brakes inspected when your tires are rotated. When we change your brake fluid, we will also perform a brake inspection.
5) What does Ethan’s Honest Automotive’s brake service entail?
When you get your brakes serviced at Ethan’s Honest Automotive, you can expect an extremely thorough job. Our technicians will first look over your entire car, with a focus on your brake system. If there are any issues, we will tell you at this stage. This allows us to create a targeted service plan with you.
Often you will only need certain elements of your brake system to be replaced or fixed. They may also only need to be repaired at one side of your vehicle. For example, the front brakes wear faster than the rear brakes. Some common culprits include the master cylinder, hoses, linings, drum hardware, fluid, lubricant, or wheel bearings.
If you live in the Cache Valle, you need to contact Ethan’s Honest Automotive today to learn how we can help you keep your brakes in tip-top shape.