How to Know When Your Brakes Need to Be Repaired

October 24th, 2012 by

It sounds obvious, but it’s important to remember: having brakes that are up to par is key to maintaining vehicle safety. Brakes that aren’t regularly maintained take much longer to stop your vehicle and run the risk of malfunctioning. Complete brake failure, though somewhat rare, is a very real and very scary possibility with potentially fatal consequences. You never really appreciate your brakes until you suddenly don’t have them anymore. Give them the attention they need with a visit to our service center at Chevy of Homewood, one of the most respected Chevrolet dealers near Markham. The key is how to spot issues and get them taken care of before they turn into problems with bad consequences.

Learning the Signs of Brake Problems

Your brake system takes wear over time from usage. Most drivers know that they need to replace their pads on a regular basis but don’t realize that many things can happen to them besides simply wearing down. Pads can become hardened or “crystallized” from excessive heat, losing their ability to grip the rotors effectively. This can happen because a driver rides the brake or does a lot of sudden “panic breaking” that demands more from the pads. Oil or grease that’s leaking from another component, such as the front transaxle or rear differential, can get on the pads and began to deteriorate them. Solving these overlying problems with a trip to Chevy of Homewood helps to extend the lives of brake pads.

There are a few key signs to look for that may indicate excessive wear in your brake system. These problems should be checked out by a certified technician as soon as possible. If you’ve noticed that your breaking distance has increased significantly, if you hear a squealing when you hit the brake pedal, or if you smell something acrid or see black smoke coming from your wheels, you’re pads probably need to be replaced. It also never hurts to check for leaks underneath your vehicle, too. While it may not necessary be brake fluid, it’s always good to get these things taken care of right away.

Chevy of Homewood Can Help!

Our service team can give your brakes the care they need to best protect you on the road. If you would be interested in scheduling an appointment, simply call us or use our online scheduler. We’re located in Homewood, just a 10-minute drive south east of Markham.

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