Brake Repair & Replacement
Signs That You Might Need Brake Repair or Replacement
Grinding, Squealing, & Other High-Pitched Noises
High-pitched noises during the braking process likely mean you’re dealing with worn-out brake pads and shoes. Continuing to drive with worn-out pads and shoes can cause further damage to your vehicle if left unattended, so make sure to schedule a brake inspection ASAP.
Vibration or Pulsing
If you feel vibrations or pulsing in the brake pedal or steering wheel during the process of braking, you’re probably dealing with rotor issues. Warped or damaged rotors can lead to a costly repair bill, so get your vehicle checked as soon as you start feeling the sensation.
Excessive Brake Pedal Travel
If you feel like your pedal travels further than it should when pushing on the brakes, you’re likely feeling the beginning of brake pad issues. This is the ideal time to get your brakes inspected and repaired, as you’re less likely to have extensive damage.
Brake Repair Services
Anti-Lock Brake System
Anti-lock Brake Systems (ABS) ensure that the wheels don’t stop rotating during braking, preventing the car from skidding and offering greater control. If your ABS light comes on, visit TLS Motorworks where we will be happy to diagnose and fix the problem.
Brake Fluid Flushes
Brake fluid will absorb water from the air over time, causing the brake system to become less effective and the fluid to become corrosive, possibly damaging the system. It is important to perform a brake fluid flush regularly to ensure that your vehicle is using fresh fluid. Talk to our technicians at TLS Motorworks about when it’s time for a brake fluid flush.
A brake hose is a tube carrying pressurized brake fluid from the master cylinder to the brakes. A crushed hose can cause a lagged or slow brake, and a leak in the hose can cause the brake, or the entire brake system, to fail. These don’t need to be replaced often, but should be replaced at the first sign of cracking or wear.
Brake Pad & Shoe Replacement
Brake pad problems can usually be identified by squealing brakes. If your brake pads deteriorate completely, you’ll hear a grinding metal-on-metal sound when braking, meaning that it’s too late and you’re ruining your rotors or drums! Those with knowledge of auto repair may be able to fix this at home, but you should always see an auto repair professional immediately if you have brake problems.
The brake caliper houses your brake pads and fits around the rotor like a clamp, pressing the pads against the rotor when you brake. A brake caliper problem could cause uneven braking, making your car slide forward when you brake. Uneven braking can also cause your vehicle to slide out of control in bad weather conditions, so contact TLS Motorworks as soon as possible.
In a disc brake system, rotors are attached to your vehicle’s wheels. When the brake pads grip the rotor, they bring both the rotor and wheels to a stop. However, the friction causes grooves and cracks to appear over time. Resurfacing brings the rotor back to a “like-new” condition, reducing squealing and wobbling. TLS Motorworks will give your rotors a thorough inspection and recommend your best course of action.
Schedule A Brake Pad Repair or Replacement Service
As soon as you hear that high -pitch squeal when braking, make sure to schedule an inspection service. Driving becomes dangerous very quickly when you can’t stop. It’s recommended that brake pads be replaced every 50k miles, or sooner if you notice any of the warning signs listed above.