Every driver relies on their brakes to repeatedly bring thousands of pounds of metal to a complete stop every day. While brake systems are designed to withstand this intense stress, they still wear out over time, and neglecting to repair or replace brake parts at your auto service center could lead to disastrous consequences. Below are some common signs that your brake system is in need of service:
- Squeaky Brakes
High-pitched squealing is one of the most obvious signs that your brake pads need to be replaced. Most brake pads contain a wear indicator (a small piece of metal embedded in the pad) that gives off a loud noise when the pads are worn down to a certain point. However, this indicator can sometimes fall out, so be sure to have your brake pads inspected by a professional at the first sign of poor braking performance.
- Grooves in the Rotor
Brake pads apply pressure against the rotor in order to bring the car to a stop. Worn brake pads can eventually grind down to their screws, leaving deep circular scores in the rotor. In some cases, a mechanic can “turn” the rotors, or grind down their surfaces to make them smooth again, rather than replacing them. Either way, an automotive repair specialist should be consulted if you notice grooves in the rotor.
- Loss in Brake Pressure
The brake system in your car works by applying hydraulic pressure from the brake pedal to the calipers through fluid in the lines. A leak in the brake line can cause a severe loss in pressure when depressing the brake pedal. Although brake lines are usually extremely resilient, they are still susceptible to physical damage, rust, and dry rot. To ensure that your vehicle’s brake lines are in tip-top shape, have them inspected today.
Don’t wait until it’s too late to have your brakes professionally serviced by the staff here at Dekalb Tire and Automotive Repair. We offer six convenient locations throughout Georgia to ensure that residents of Smyrna and the surrounding areas receive the best auto repair services at competitive rates. Call (678) 954-1928 or visit us online to find a location nearest you.