Your brakes are probably one of the most important, if not the absolutely most critical component of your vehicle. After all what’s the point of going if you can’t stop? Ensuring your brakes are in good working order is absolutely essential to your ability to come to a full a complete stop, and when it comes to your safety out on the roads, there is no room for compromise.
That’s why at Alderwood Mobile Mechanic, we take your brake care and maintenance seriously. Our mobile brake repair service in intended to keep your brakes in top working condition without all the hassle of having to go to a traditional repair shop.
Our Mobile Brake Service:
- Brake Inspection: We will perform a thorough inspection of your brake system. This will include a check of the brake pads, rotors, calipers, and the brake fluid levels.
- Brake Pad Replacement: Changing the brake pads is a routine operation that can greatly increase the performance of your braking system. Brake pads will wear down over time with normal operation, we’ll replace them with high quality pads that will last longer and ensure optimal stopping power and safety.
- Rotor Resurfacing & Replacement: Rotors that worn down or warped do not provide optimal contact for the brake pad to produce friction for stopping. We can resurface them or install new ones if necessary.
- Caliper Service: We’ll inspect your brake calipers to make sure they are clear of debris and functioning properly.
- Brake Fluid Service: We’ll inspect your brake fluid to make sure that it is full, clean and free from contaminants. If necessary, we can flush the entire brake system and replace it with fresh fluid in order to maintain optimal braking efficiency.
How Do You Know When It's Time For A Brake Inspection?
So, you know the importance of your brakes and ensuring that they’re serviced and in good working condition. But how do you know when it’s time to have them checked or repaired? Fortunately there are a few warning signs that can let you know you that it’s time to have your brakes serviced.
- Unpleasant Noises: Unpleasant noises coming from your brakes can be one of the surest signs that its time to have them looked at. If you notice squeaking, squealing, scraping or squelching sounds when you touch on the brake pedal, it could be sign that your brakes are worn down and need to be replaced. Ignoring this sound could be dangerous, and also has the potential to cause further problems, such as damage to the brake rotors.
- Shaking or Vibrating: Sometimes bad brakes can cause the steering wheel to shake or vibrate at the moment when you apply the pressure to the brake pedal. This could possibly be the result of uneven wear to the rotors, and could compromise your stopping power. Any vibrations experienced when applying the brakes should be checked out right away.
- Reduced Stopping Power: If you notice a decrease in the overall performance of your brakes, it may be time for an inspection. For example, if you notice an increase in the amount of time or distance needed to come to a full and complete stop, or you find that you need to push harder on the pedal in order to stop, these are sure signs that your braking system may need some attention.
- Dashboard Warning Light: Most modern vehicles these days are equipped with sensors that have the ability to monitor your bake system and alert you of any potential issues. When the warning indicator comes on in your dash (usually a red light with the word “brakes”) you should have your brakes checked as soon as you can. Ignoring dash indicator warning lights can be potentially hazardous, and may well lead to unnecessary repairs.
- Unresponsive Brake Pedal: If you feel like the brake pedal is soft, spongy or otherwise unresponsive, or you need to push the pedal all the way to the floor in order to engage the brakes, there may be air or moisture in the brake fluid lines. This can significantly degrade the performance of your brakes and should be addressed immediately.
- Listing While Braking: If you find that your vehicles pulls or lists to one side or the other when applying pressure to the brake pedal, it could be a sign that you have an issue with uneven wear on the brake pads, or even an issue with the brake caliper itself. Any issue that affects your vehicle’s handling is unsafe, so you should have your brakes inspected immediately.
- Unpleasant Odors: A burning smell while braking could be in an indication that your brake system is overheating due to excessive friction. This can lead to loss of braking power over time and warrants a complete brake inspection.
- You Have Driven Many Miles or It has Been a Long Time Since Your Last Inspection: Even if you don’t experience any of these implicit signs that your brakes need attention, it’s still important to follow your manufacturer’s recommended maintenance schedule. Your braking system’s performance can degrade over time even with normal use, so it’s important to have it inspected periodically.