What are the signs that I need a brake job?
B & L Automotive Answer:
Signs of brake problems often fall into one of two categories for Newport News motorists: making noise or a pulsation in the brake pedal. Let’s start with the noise.
Most brake pads have an audible brake wear indicator. This is a small piece of metal that rubs on your brake rotor when the brake pads are worn to the point they should be replaced. The noise is a chirp or soft squeal. This noise gives Newport News car owners enough essential warning to get their brakes serviced while there is still enough brake pad left to enable you to stop safely.
Newport News car owners who ignore the chirp ordinarily find that the sound changes to a grinding noise. That is more serious. It means that the friction material on your brake pad is worn away and metal parts of the brake are grinding against the rotor when you press on the brakes. Obviously, this detrimental metal-on-metal means that your brakes aren’t stopping very well. It also means that your rotor is being damaged. It may need to be resurfaced or even replaced.
Pedal pulsation is another noticeable trouble. When your rotor is not in perfect alignment, it pushes against the brake pads unevenly as you apply the brakes. There could be a number of reasons for this. The rotor and wheel hub may not be mating well, causing the rotor to be spinning out of vertical alignment. This harmful misalignment can be caused by either the rotor or the hub, or a combination of the two. If this issue persists, the rotor may even start to wear unevenly to the point that its thickness varies, causing an even more noticeable pulsation. This uneven mating of the brake pad and the rotor when braking means less contact and it will cut down braking power.
Your service center or the team at B & L Automotive in Newport News can determine the cause of the dangerous misalignment and remedy the issue.
Either unusual brake noise or pedal pulsation are signs for Newport News auto owners that there are brake problems. Newport News auto owners should have a tech at B & L Automotive inspect their brakes thoroughly and recommend any important steps necessary to correct the trouble.
A regular brake inspection is on every sedan’s recommended list. Ask your friendly B & L Automotive service professional if it’s time for an essential brake inspection.
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Newport News, VA 23608