Brake repair can be costly if maintenance is ignored. You should have your brakes spot checked in accordance with tire rotation. Normally, tire rotation should occur with each oil change. A mechanic can determine the thickness of your brake pads and the condition of your rotors on sight. You might require brake inspections a bit more frequently because of the rolling infrastructure or landscape of your city.
There are a few signs to indicate that brake repair is imminent:
When you press the brake in your vehicle and the car fails to yield is a signal you need to have it serviced. Usually, it could be as simple as your brake fluid needs to be filled. In other cases, the brake line is leaking and needs to be replaced.
If you hear your brakes squeal or grind when engaged is another indication to get your vehicle serviced. The squeal suggests that your brake pads are not sufficient. The grinding sound suggests there is no pad left between the rotor and caliper. The rotor is what the brake pad rests on. The caliper is the clamp that tightens when you press the brake pedal in your vehicle to seize the tires motion.
The cost for brake repair can vary. If you have kept up with your vehicle maintenance, you could only have to replace brake pads. If you ignore the signs of a brake issue, the repair can get very expensive. You also have to take into account the type of brake system your car has either all drum or all disc. Usually, sports cars have an all disc brake system.
Drum brakes cost less than disc brakes to repair. However, most cars have disc brakes in the front and drums in the back. The disc brakes provide a smoother stopping motion. If you allow your brakes to completely wear down before you replace them chances are your front brakes will cost you more.
A brake repair can affect every part of the brake system. The worst case scenario is you may need to have the rotors resurfaced back to a smooth consistency. In some instances, you may require new rotors if the thickness no longer meets the standard safety requirements. If the brake line frays, a new brake line for the fluid may have to be installed. Over time, the calipers can corrode and require replacement. The age of your vehicle plays a big role in what you may require.
For more information on brake repair, call J&R Auto at 931-456-6569.