Brake Repair Tips

Taking care of your vehicle is the best way to make sure that it will take care of your. That is why an inspection of your brakes should be included in your regular maintenance schedule to keep your vehicle road ready.

  • Have brake fluid checked – Brake fluid goes through the brake lines and into the system that actually slows and stops the wheels. Without brake fluid, the brakes won’t work, so monitoring the brake fluid level at each oil change is vital.
  • Never ride your brakes – That is, don’t let your foot rest on the brake pedal while driving. It only causes excessive brake pad wear. When you need to slow down, remove your foot from the gas pedal and let your vehicle slow naturally. Don’t apply the brakes until you need them.
  • When driving your car, the brakes get hot – Avoid getting them wet. For example, going through the car wash. The cool water hitting the hot pads will harden the lining and cause brakes to squeak.

    Braking signs of trouble:

  • If you hear a scraping sound when you apply the brakes, your brake pads or shoes are worn.
  • If the brake pedal feels spongy when you depress it while the motor is running put in park. There could be air in the brake lines.
  • Squealing brakes can signal a manner of problems, including brake linings that need to be replaced or that are loose.
  • Braking signs when you shouldn’t drive:

  • If you apply a bit of pressure on the brake pedal and it sinks slowly to the floor, you may have a defective master cylinder that makes driving dangerous.
  • If your brakes make a grinding noise that you can also feel in the pedal, your brake linings may be excessively worn, which makes the car unsafe to drive and can damage rotors and drums even further.
  • If you are experiencing any of these symptoms, get your brakes checked immediately!

Brake flush:

A brake fluid flush is a maintenance service that is often neglected by motorists. Most drivers are aware of the regular oil and filter changes, coolant and transmission fluid services, but not aware of the importance of changing a vehicle’s brake fluid every two years or 24,000 miles. The reason for this maintenance service is that brake fluid becomes contaminated as it absorbs moisture from the environment. During normal driving the brake fluid gets hot causing the fluid to vaporize due to the moisture content. Brake fluid viscosity throughout its operating temperature range. If the fluid is too thick or too thin, braking action is impaired. To keep your vehicle reliable and safe, at your next scheduled maintenance service, consider a brake fluid flush.

If you suspect that you brake repair service or brake fluid flush don’t delay, call Mike’s Auto in Huntington Beach at 714-375-3145 they will set up an appointment for you to bring your car in.