Your vehicle’s brakes go through a lot of wear and tear and will need to be replaced at some point in time.
The amount of time it takes for the brake pads to wear down depends on the conditions in which you drive and how you apply the brakes when stopping. Each time you bring your vehicle in for a service, our certified auto technicians will check the condition of your brakes to let you know how much life is left on the brake pads. By doing so, we can let you know when it’s time to replace them.
If you ever have a concern about the reliability of the brakes in your vehicle, you should have them checked out right away. If there is a problem and you continue to drive, you could end up having limited braking ability or worse, no brakes at all. Aside from the physical danger of driving a vehicle with bad brakes, you will end up having to spend more on a brake repair because of additional damage they may occur.
Warning signs that the Brakes are faulty.
There are certain tell-tale signs that point to needing brakes replaced. Here are a few:
- The Brake Light is On – the brake emergency warning light is “red” in colour to alert you to a serious problem. In some vehicles, the brake warning light is the same one that is used to let you know the emergency brake is engaged. If the lich comes on and stays on when you first start your vehicle, make sure the emergency brake isn’t engaged, have the brakes checked right away.
- Squealing – are you noticing a high-pitched squealing sound when driving that stops when you apply the brakes? This is a likely sign that the brakes are faulty.
- Scraping or Grinding Noises – a scraping or grinding sound is usually the cause of metal-to-metal contact. Typically this sound is heard when the brake pads are completely worn down and grinding into the rotor. You should schedule a brake repair immediately.
- Hard Pedal – having to use excessive pressure when applying the brakes could indicate a problem with the hydraulic lines, frozen callipers or cylinders, or damaged brake lining. Contact us right away to schedule your brake repair.
- Soft Pedal – if the brakes feel soft or spongy when you apply them, there’s a problem. It could be occurring from problems like air in the brake lines, faulty brake lines, bad brake callipers or a worn master cylinder. Schedule an appointment right away to have the brakes inspected and repaired.
If you suspect there is a problem with your braking system, take action right away by scheduling a brake inspection at On the Road Again Auto Repairs. We will take a look for signs of rough spots or damage, check to see how much life is left on the brake pads and will inspect the brake lines for signs of damage, cracking or corrosion. Contact On the Road Again Auto Repairs and schedule a brake inspection or brake repair today.
What is included in the Lifetime Brake Service?
- We begin with a comprehensive inspection of your car’s entire braking system
- Wheel bearings are replaced as needed
- The backing plate and calliper anchor are lubricated
- The brake fluid is topped off
- The hydraulic system is purged of air and adjusted
- Drums and rotors are refinished if they have become scored
- At an additional cost, the drums and rotors are replaced if they are too badly worn
- Based on our inspection, there may be other components that may need to be replaced
- Metallic pads costs extra