Brakes and Brake Repair

Brake, Brake Repair and Warning Signs

If you notice any of the symptoms below, they are warning signs that you need to have your brakes at least looked at. Some of the symptoms mean your safety is at risk.

If you bring your car into Protech so we can examine your brakes, most of the time a small adjustment will be necessary and you will be on your way.  If our brake service inspection does in fact reveal your brakes do require repair, we will explain exactly what's required and what's optional. We will then provide you with a written and firrm quotation before any brake repair work is done. Call our Buckner location to schedule an appointment.

Here are the typical warnng sign brakes will give you before totally malfunctioning.:

Dragging – Brakes that stick and do not release.  This fairly serious because it could leave you with no brakes at all.

Car pulling to one side – Vehicle pulls to one side when brakes are applied. This could mean anything from a minor tire repair, (under inflated tire to new brake pads).

A hard brake pedal – Requires extreme pressure to make brakes function. Can indicate power brake trouble, restricted hydraulic lines, frozen calipers or wheel cylinders, or damaged brake linings

Brake lights - Red imeans there is a problem.  the problem could be as simple the parking brake on or possibly you are low on brake fluid. But, either way, action needs to be taken. Yellow indicates a deactivation of your ABS system. While your brakes will work in normal circumstances, they will lock up if you try stop in an emergency.

Vibration - If any part of your car vibrates or shakes when you apply your brakes, you have a problem and you need to get your brakes checked out. , vibrates or pulsates when brake is applied. May indicate need to resurface disc brake rotors – or signal a serious problem of a loose component or faulty steering mechanism.

Squealing - Brakes should operate with almost no noise. Some noise is normal but excessive squealing grinding, groaning, chatter or bang means your brakes are in serious need of repair.

A very low pedal - Your brake pedal should not be at the floor before your brakes engage. Usually this problem requires a simple adjustment.

Grab  - Sensitive brakes that grab with the least amount of pressure may indicate a problem as oil contaminated linings – or as serious as loose componentt ready to fail in an emergency.