There’s nothing more vital to your safety than the brakes & tires on your vehicle. Getting a routine brake inspection several times a year is always a great idea. YHS Automotive suggests checking your brakes every 7,500 miles. With routine brake inspections, you can catch minor brake problems before they turn into major ones that will cost you more money to repair. We offer the very best brake repair in Katy, TX!
Indications of Brake Problems
Your brakes will let you know when you have problems. In most cases, you will hear a high-pitched squealing or rubbing noise from the wheels. You may hear this noise with or without the brakes applied. Most manufacturers have wear indicators on the brake pads. The wear indicator is designed to touch the brake rotor and squeal to let you know your brakes need serviced. The wear indicator is most likely in full contact with the brake rotor when you hear your wheels’ squealing/rubbing noise without the brakes applied. If you hear strange noises from your wheels, it’s a good idea to get your brakes checked right away. It’s still a good idea to check your brakes even if that strange noise you heard a few days ago is gone. The wear indicator will eventually break off the pad, and the noise will disappear. The next noise you will hear will be a horrible grinding noise. This means your brake pads and rotors have gone “Metal to Metal.” The brake pads have a friction material adhered to a metal backing. Most brake pads have 10mm to 12mm of friction material. The wear indicator hits the brake rotor when 2mm of friction material remains. So when the friction material is gone, the metal backing of the brake pad comes in contact with the brake rotor causing serious problems that often double the cost of a normal brake repair.
Vibration, Pulsating, or Shimmy While Braking
If you feel your brake pedal pulsating, a steering wheel shimmy, or vibration while braking, your brake rotors are most likely warped. Brake rotors have two sides machined flat with ventilation in the center. The ventilated area is designed to help keep the rotor cool. With brake pads on each surface squeezing down on the rotor to make a vehicle stop, they get really hot! The heat will eventually distort the metal in the brake rotor, causing warpage. When the brake rotors are warped, the machined surfaces are no longer flat, causing pulsating brakes, shimmy in the steering wheel, and vibration while braking. Rotors can be machined to correct the problem. Rotor thickness plays an important role when resurfacing the brake rotors. Brake rotors must first be measured to ensure they are thick enough to resurface. If the brake rotor falls below the minimum thickness required by the manufacturer, it must be replaced. Having brake rotors below the minimum thickness is a safety hazard.
Low or Spongy Pedal
If your brake pedal doesn’t feel quite right, you may have a problem with the hydraulic portion in your brake system. You may feel a soft or spongy pedal. Or, your brake pedal may go all the way down to the floor. The hydraulic system is a vital component of the brake system. It creates pressure to squeeze the brake pads into the brake rotor to stop the vehicle. If you’re experiencing these symptoms, check your brake fluid level and immediately bring your car in for service.
Anti-Lock or ABS Light
If your anti-lock brake light or your ABS light is on, that’s an indication that you have a problem with your vehicle’s anti-lock brake system. The anti-lock brake system consists of a computer-controlled hydraulic pump/valves that, when engaged, control hydraulic pressure to certain wheels under certain conditions. The anti-lock brake computer gets information from wheel speed sensors to determine how much hydraulic brake pressure to apply to the wheels. When the ABS light is on, the system is bypassed to the normal brake system making the vehicle safe to drive in most cases. The anti-lock brake system is complex and should be diagnosed by trained professionals.
Brake Repair Near Me
When you need brake service or brake repair in Katy, TX, bring your vehicle to the experts at YHS Automotive. We’ll restore your vehicle’s stopping power in no time flat. Just make an appointment, and let us do the rest!