Your vehicle’s brakes are one of its most vital internal systems. Over the miles, your brakes and brake pads will eventually wear down. This is why it is important to schedule regular service for your vehicle’s braking system. If your vehicle’s brakes are experiencing trouble, here is an overview of some of the most common braking problems:
Worn Pads Your vehicle’s brake pads will slowly wear down over time. This natural wear is caused by the friction created when the pad applies pressure to the wheel to slow or stop the vehicle. Your brakes are designed with a brake wear indicator, which will tell you when it is time to replace your brake pads. If your brake pads wear down too far, the break wear indicator will make a screeching noise to indicate that it is time for a replacement.
Low Fluid The braking system in your vehicle is controlled by a hydraulic system, which requires brake fluid to function. Over time, brake fluid will flow from the brake fluid reservoir into the braking system to compensate for worn brake pads. Sometimes, your car can begin to leak brake fluid, which will compromise your braking ability.
Warped Rotors The brake rotors are what connect your brake pads with your wheels. When your rotors are subjected to high heat or are installed improperly, they can become warped or damaged. If your vehicle vibrates or shutters whenever you apply the brake pedals, this is a sign that you need to replace or resurface your brake rotors.
For help with diagnosing your brake problem, contact A-1 Auto Tech. Our expert technicians serve the Mountain View area with top quality brake repair and maintenance services, and we will ensure that your vehicle’s brakes are in top working condition. To make an appointment at our auto service center today, give us a call at (650) 521-5503.