Give Me a Brake
There’s nothing more terrifying than slamming on the brakes, only to find them unresponsive. This is especially true if you’re needing to stop to avoid a collision. If you don’t know or heed the warning signs, a sudden stop can render your weakened brake system completely inoperable without warning.
Learn about the warning signs that you need brake repair and call Beck’s to keep your car going—and stopping—strong.
What Is My Car’s Brake System?
There are several indicators that will tell you your brakes need to be serviced. Avoid letting your brakes get to the “metal on metal” point, which usually means a more costly repair.
- Brake pedal is spongy or slow to respond
- Grinding sound or constant squealing during braking
- Brake dashboard light glows amber, indicating problems with the anti-lock brake system (ABS)
- Brake dashboard light is red, indicating a problem with your brake system
The typical brake system consists of disk brakes in front and either disk or drum brakes in the rear connected by a system of tubes and hoses that link the brake at each wheel to the master cylinder. Other systems that are connected with the brake system include the parking brakes, power brake booster, and the anti-lock system.
Why Do I Need Regular Brake Maintenance?
Having your brakes inspected regularly can help you avoid replacing damaged rotors or drums, which is more expensive than replacing brake pads or shoes. It will also extend the life of the components in your braking system. But more importantly, regular brake maintenance keeps you and your family safe.
How Often Are New Brake Pads/Shoes Needed?
Brakes are a normal wear and tear item for any vehicle. How often they need replaced depends on your driving style. Cars that drive in town with more frequent stops will wear brake pads and shoes out much faster than cars that drive primarily on highways. Also, the heavier your vehicle, the more braking power is needed to stop.
How Do You Know When Brake Lines Are Bad?
Issues with a brake line are no joke. This hydraulic system uses pressurized fluid to apply pressure to the brakes to allow you to stop. Leaky brake lines are a scary prospect and should be serviced as soon as possible—and we would definitely recommend having it towed. Here are a few signs that you need brake line repair.
- You’re leaking brake fluid
- Your brake fluid light comes on
- You can push the brake pedal down to the floor
- The brake lines have visible signs of moisture or corrosion
Book Your Brake Repair Service Today
Beck’s Auto Center services all make and models of cars, trucks and SUVs and in most cases offer same day service.
Schedule an appointment today. CALL or TEXT us during business hours at (765) 447-9459
Hear what our happy customers have to say about our excellent service.
Needed to get brake pads and rotors replaced on our minivan. The quote was very reasonable. Scheduling and service was quick and easy. I am very happy with the results and would recommend Beck's for affordability, timeliness, and quality work.