Complete Brake Service
Brakes are, without a doubt, one of the most essential components of any vehicle. When operating a vehicle, perfectly calibrated brakes are the most important safety tool you can possibly have at your disposal. Every degree your brakes are removed from their ideal functionality is a degree of danger you’re adding to your driving experience. Your breaks are meant to stop your vehicle quickly and safely before any outside damage can be done. Allow your breaks, or a related component, to degrade and your brakes’ stopping power will become less and less effective. A complete failure of your breaking system can send your car barreling out of control, putting you and those around you in danger. However, it takes a good while for a breaking system to fail completely, and in the meantime there should be plenty of warning signs. For your safety, and the safety of those around you, you should take your vehicle to be inspected the moment you notice one or more of them.
- There’s an amber-colored light on your dashboard which will glow if an issue with your anti-lock brake (or ABS) system is detected. This light will then stay on until the issues is resolved.
- Sometimes, this same light will glow red instead of amber. That means that there’s a system imbalance. Balance throughout your braking system is extremely important, as it guarantees that power is being distributed evenly throughout your vehicle based upon the conditions of the current drive. If your brake balancing is not ideal it can throw off your vehicle’s handling and increase your stopping distance, making collisions more likely.
- Many problems can be diagnosed simply by operating the brake pedal. For example, if you press down on it and it feels spongy, there’s probably a larger issue at play, probably an excess of air trapped in your brake line.
- Worse still, if there’s a significantly delayed response between when you press your brake and when your car actually stops you’ll need to get your vehicle serviced as soon as possible, as this could be indicative of very serious problems.
- What noise does it make when you press down on your brake pedal? Does it squeak or grind? If so, that might indicate a problem with your brake pads, a component which provides the friction necessary to stop your car.
If you spot any of these warning signs call or visit Express Transmissions today.