Automotive Brake Repair & Replacement
What happens to auto brakes over time?
If you’ve been foregoing a brake repair and brake replacement for your car, you’re not alone. It’s all-too-common for auto owners in Long Island to delay basic maintenance until the problem gets too bad – and too loud -to ignore.
By design, brake pads, calipers, and rotors degrade over time after constant exposure to heat and friction. Eventually, they’ll literally grind to a halt when you start to have metal-on-metal contact.
Common signs you need a brake repair
In the worst-case scenario, failing brake systems can lead to an accident when you’re unable to control the deceleration of your vehicle.
All autos depend on brake systems working properly at all times, and that’s especially true for trucks, which carry far more weight and require a longer distance to come to a complete stop.
The following signs of bad brakes are most common, so every car owner must stay vigilant when it comes to brake repair.
Overall, brakes come in three standard materials:
Most autos use semi-metallic or organic brakes. The difference lies in how fast they erode.
Organic brakes, for instance, are typically more durable but also more expensive than ordinary semi-metallic brakes.
Ceramic brake pads are more of a custom component that you’ll mostly find them on high-performance race cars.
If you think you’re brakes need replacing, watch for these signs:
- Vehicle shakes when accelerating or stopping
- Leaking fluid coming from behind your tires
- A brake pedal that sags and requires a lot of pressure
- Metal-on-metal grinding noises
- Coming to a stop too abruptly
- Vehicle pulls to one side or the other while in motion
Some of these signs indicate that your truck may need minor, easy-to-perform brake maintenance, but some are a sign of a more serious impending failure in the brake system.
What to do when it's time to find an auto brake repair service
Brake repairs require a skilled hand
Technically, if you think it’s time to repair your brakes, you could do it yourself with the right tools and knowledge. The problem doing brakes on your own is that it’s common to bypass many steps.
For example, many casual mechanics simply replace brake pads and don’t shave rotors, but why? You need specialized machinery to do that, and most home garages don’t have it.
So brake repairs usually require a more-skilled hand, especially when the problem may lie in the brake fluid system. Without the proper amount of hydraulic pressure, no brake system will work right.
When it comes to auto repair service, it’s all about the safety of you, your family, and your friends.
Common mechanical problems
The general rule of thumb is that brake parts can last anywhere between 20,000 miles and 80,000 miles, but some parts can fail much sooner.
TLC’s tip: Have brakes inspected every 10,000 miles or so to be on the safe side.
Also, brake fluid typically lasts two to five years and doesn’t need replacing very often – unless the problem lies in the brake system’s hydraulics. If the brake fluid is your problem, you may not last two days on the road when the leak is bad.
It all depends on a vehicle’s make, model, size, and manufacturer’s recommendations.
The most common mechanical problems with brakes include:
- Brake pads have worn all the way down to the bare metal
- Hydraulic fluid leaks in caliper and brake lines
- Warped and disfigured brake rotors
- Failing master cylinders
- Bad brake boosters
- Broken calipers and drums
These issues require a mechanic to fix correctly and without skipping so-called extra steps like draining the brake lines completely before adding new fluid.
What are the benefits of brake repair and brake replacement?
The bottom line is that good brakes are safer and will save you money over the long run. In particular, you’ll enjoy a longer lifespan for your car, which is great if you use it for work.
With excellent brakes, your vehicle feels better when driving since you have more control over your deceleration.
Mechanic’s tip: If you take care of your brakes today, you’ll pay less for repairs in the future.
You may be able to get by with home repairs for a few years, but eventually, you’ll need machinery to do the job right.
That’s where TLC Auto & Truck Repair Service Center comes in.
Visit TLC for all of your brake repair needs
Among many other services, we provide our customers:
- Steering alignments
- Computer diagnostics
- Tire replacement
- Suspension system service
- Exhaust system service
- Oil changes
- State-certified inspections
- Heating & AC maintenance
- Transmission service
It’s understandable if you’ve had bad experiences with mechanics because not all have the same level of skill. They also don’t care we much as we do.
It’s all about taking the proper steps to do the job well for the sake of safety and your satisfaction at a job well done.
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At TLC Auto & Truck Repair Service Center, we can fix anything.
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