Good brakes are more important than ever for safety during Canadian Winter Driving and are a vital part of safe vehicle operation in icy and snowy conditions. But how do you know when replacing brake pads alone will take care of your car’s braking problem or if your car needs a full brake job?
Like any professional service, car repairs can vary widely in terms of overall cost, but the cheapest option is not always the best, or safest, option and one can’t have cheap, best and quickest all the time. Brakes are one car repair where you don’t want to cut corners.
Replacing brake pads in a timely manner can extend the life of your braking system overall, but if there are related problems, such as bad rotors, damaged calipers or a leaking master cylinder for example, your brake repairs can end up costing much more.
When discussing your brake repair options with your car repair professional or automotive technician, be sure to mention any of the telltale sounds or vibrations failing or worn brakes can make.
What different brake noises mean ?
Squealing when you apply the brakes ?
Hearing squealing when the brakes are applied typically means it’s time to replace the brake pads. Many parts manufacturers engineer their brakes to produce a high-pitched squeal to signal it’s to replace worn brake pads in order to prevent unsafe conditions or potential damage to the brake rotors. If you notice your brakes squealing, taking action immediately and having the pads replaced can save you the cost of a more expensive repair.
Low, grinding sounds when you apply the brakes? This noise typically means that the brake pads have worn away to the point that they’re coming in uneven contact with the rotor surface or that the brake pad assembly itself is grinding against the rotor. If you hear this sound, it’s more than likely you’ll need both new brake pads and new rotors.
Vibration or shuddering sensations when braking, along with grinding noise? This may occur if you overlooked or ignored more minor brake noises. If your brake components are worn to the point they’re producing vibrations or shudders, it’s very likely that the brake system assembly itself is damaged. A mechanic should inspect the system and make repairs immediately, as damaged brake components are not safe to drive with.
Hire a mechanic or do it yourself?
DIY mechanics with moderate mechanical aptitude and the right tools may be inclined to replace their brakes pads themselves. This option can save a significant amount since it forgoes the hourly labor rate many repair shops charge. But DIY brake pad replacement might not always be worth it. Not properly installing brake pads can lead to improper braking from the brake system. Some things are better left to the professionals especially since most cars require specialised tools nowadays and a simple screwdriver just won’t cut it ! Plus, the weather doesn’t really permit outside working conditions for a DIY person.
Along with having an experienced automotive technician inspecting your brakes and making repairs, and having the specialized tools and equipment to provide effective and timely repairs, a reputable shop will offer a warranty on their labor and the parts they installation. The shop’s experience and know-how can also help ensure the brakes are installed correctly and safely. The peace of mind this brings with a warranty just can’t be beat !
CALL BEST DEALS AUTO, YOUR RELIABLE AFFORDABLE BRAKE SPECIALIST TODAY !