Time for New Brakes?

How do you know it’s time for new brakes? A lot of vehicle owners don’t consider brake maintenance a priority – until something goes wrong. Don’t make this mistake. There’s several indicators that it may be time for new brakes. We’ve been the go to auto repair in Omaha shop for years now, and have served countless Omaha vehicle owners in all things brake related. Here’s some things to know when it comes to brake replacement.

What are Brake Pads?

In most automobiles the front two wheels have a braking apparatus that depend on rotors: metallic discs found behind each wheel. Above each of these is a clamp like device called the caliper. When you press on your brake pedal, the calipers start to close, squeezing the rotors from both sides. This produces friction, which causes the wheels to spin more slowly until they eventually stop. Brake pads are the removable surfaces that calipers use to make contact with the rotors during the braking process. These pads don’t last forever – like any other automobile part. The pads wear down over time, and eventually the braking integrity of your vehicle will start to underperform.

Signs that it’s Time for New Brakes

 Squealing Noise – if you hear a faint scraping, squealing, or buzzing sound when you’re driving and notice that noise goes away when you apply your breaks, only to return as soon as your foot comes off the brake pedal that’s a sign. Most brakes today are manufactured with built-in “wear indicators.” The purpose is to make that unpleasant noise. Wear indicators are metal tabs located near the top of brake pads. When the pads wear down the indicators start scraping against the rotor letting you know to get your pads replaced ASAP.

Clicking Noise – On some vehicles, the brake pads fit into a special holding device. If they become loosened somehow they’ll begin to rattle. It results in a clicking sound that rings out whenever the brake pedal is pushed or released.

Stopping Takes More Time – This is often referred to as “brake fade.” Usually this is the result of applying the brakes over long stretches of road without bringing the vehicle to a stop. This happens most commonly on mountain roads with steep declines. The long duration of friction causes the pads to heat up and over time become less effective.

Vehicle Pulling When You Brake – Brake pads don’t always wear evenly. If this is the case the vehicle may pull slightly to the left or right once you use the brakes. If you don’t address this, over time, you will put stress on your steering rack, ball joints, steering knuckles, and wheel bearings. If your vehicle is doing this have a mechanic take a look at it immediately and avoid costly repairs.

If you’re experiencing any of the above signs bring your vehicle in and we’d be happy to get you set up with some new brakes. When it comes to car repair in Omaha we’ve earned a reputation as mechanics who are honest and get the job done right the first time. Give us a call today and make an appointment. (402) 333-9999

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