So, we all know that tires are one of a vehicle’s most important parts, and at Orozco’s Tires & Wheels in Long Beach, we specialize in providing top quality tires and wheels for our customers. But did you know that we also provide a variety of other automotive care and maintenance services including alignments, transmission services, oil changes, brake services, and more?
Today we’re gonna talk about a vehicle’s braking system, why it’s so important, and some symptoms that you should be keeping an eye open for to determine whether or not your brakes need servicing.
The common saying “a car that cannot start is an inconvenience, but a car that cannot stop is dangerous” really emphasizes just how critical a car’s braking system is. A car not starting could cost you valuable time and lead to some serious consequences, but if you are already moving and your automobile’s brakes fail, it could easily cost your own or another human being’s life. Some brake problems are best handled by professionals, while some basic tasks should be required knowledge for car owners, but at the very least everybody should know how to notice signs of trouble. Regardless of your skill level, our trained technicians can work with you to keep your car performing well and safe for the streets.
- Here are some simple tests you can run yourself to see if your brakes need care:
- Start your engine, but keep your car in park (or neutral on a manual
transmission) with the parking brake engaged. With the vehicle stopped, press the brake pedal.
- If the brake pedal feels spongy, you most likely have air in your brake lines.
- If your brake pedal sinks easily to the floor, your master cylinder may be defective, which could lead to sudden brake failure and should be remedied immediately.
- Release the parking brake and drive around the block, testing the brakes periodically and taking note of how they feel.
- Note how much effort is required to bring your vehicle to a stop. With power brakes, the vehicle should stop while the pedal is more than an inch from the floor, and on older cars without power brakes, it should be more than three inches from the floor.
- If your car has power brakes but seems to be having trouble stopping, you may need to replace your power booster.
- If your brakes feel low and pumping the brake pedal makes them more responsive, either a brake adjustment is in order or you are running low on brake fluid.
- If you check your brake fluid and find it at normal operating levels, there may be a more serious underlying problem. Here at Orozco’s Tires and Wheels, we can give your vehicle’s braking system a thorough inspection to diagnose and fix the problem.
- Most cars’ brakes self-adjust and should never need adjusting, but if any components of the self-adjusting system are stuck or broken, they will wear out faster and need adjustment or replacement.
- During normal driving, pay attention to how your brakes perform and feel.
- If your vehicle begins to take a longer distance to stop, it either needs brake adjusting or new brake linings.
- If your vehicle pulls to one side during braking, you may have a stuck caliper and/or brake fluid leak.
- If your brake pedal pulses during normal stopping, your brakes may be overheating from overuse.
- If your steering wheel shakes while braking, your front brake rotors may be warped and need refinishing or replacing.
- If your brake squeal when you stop, your brake pads or other components may be worn out and need replacing, or you may be missing one of the small parts designed to minimize brake noise.
- If your brakes make a grinding noise that you can feel through the pedal, they are probably seriously worn and continuing to drive on them is not only dangerous but also may cause much more expensive damage.
- If your vehicle bounces up and down during braking, your shock absorbers may be worn out.
Never put off brake work. If your vehicle shows any of these symptoms, come in immediately, if possible before driving again. Brake failure can cost you not only your own life, but the lives of others if you hit another person or vehicle. Nobody likes getting into an accident, so reduce your chances by keeping your brakes in the best condition possible. If you believe that your brakes need service or would like to have your car looked at by our certified team of mechanics, call Orozco’s Tires & Wheels today at (844)-676-9267. Keep your vehicle safe to operate and protect the safety of yourself, your family and friends, and everybody else on the road!