Warning Signs that a Brake Repair is Coming

November 30th, 2016

Watch for the Signs

Brake repair in Windsor can save your entire vehicle, especially if you've got business in San Francisco's hilly terrain. But you need to watch for the signs of brake wear and do so carefully.

Signs of brake wear that may need repairs include:

  • Sluggish Response

  • Squeaking when Pressure is Applied

  • "Stuttering" at Low Speeds

  • Dashboard Emergency Lights

The Nitty-Gritty

Your front brakes account for between 60-80% of your stopping force in most vehicles. Older cars will use "drum" brakes in back, but newer ones have upgraded solutions which could be more or less expensive.

What will typically happen is that your front brakes will begin to go first because they've got the most pressure continuously applied to them and they do most of the work stopping your vehicle. You should get your brakes serviced, if not replaced, by 80,000 miles. Some drivers push this to 100,000 miles, but depending on your vehicle's use, this could be dangerous. A 3-ton vehicle like a motorhome that's been without servicing for 85,000 miles will lose its ability to properly brake at any moment.

What To Do If Your Brake Light Activates

If your brake light comes on, indicating your brakes need to be serviced, don't be alarmed. You likely still have braking ability from your rear brakes; but now they'll be tackling 100% of the load, whereas before they were only tackling 20% to 40%, depending on your vehicle's make and model.

Avoid big hills, drive in traffic only when traffic is at a bare minimum (that means late at night or early in the morning). In fact, the best thing to do is to get towed into a shop. Thankfully, quality brake repair in Windsor is available through McLea's Tire & Automotive Centers and is comprehensive, licensed, and insured. Contact them today at (707) 542-0363.

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