Your car’s brakes have an important job to do. They keep the driver and passengers safe by allowing the driver to stop the vehicle safely. While many maintenance services are based on the vehicle’s odometer reading, the interval for brake service can vary wildly. Brakes can last between 20,000 and 70,000 miles, depending on which car you drive, the conditions you drive in, and the way you drive. If you live or work in Glen Alpine, brake repair service is close by when you visit the Jim Cook Chevrolet Service Center in Marion.
Because you can’t rely on the odometer reading to replace your car’s brakes, you’ll need to pay attention to visual, audible and other warning signs that let you know it’s time for brake repair service near Glen Alpine.
Check between your vehicle’s wheel spokes and determine if the brake pads are visible. If they are, try to estimate how thin they are. If it appears there’s more than a quarter of an inch left, the pads are probably still good. If the pads are less than a quarter-inch thick, you’ll need to bring the car in for a brake inspection.
Several sounds can indicate it’s time for a brake inspection:
Squeaks: If your car’s brakes squeak, it’s a definite sign of trouble. An exception is if you’ve parked in wet or humid conditions. This can cause rust to form on the brake rotors, creating a squeak that will go away after a short time.
Grinding: If you hear a grinding sound when your car brakes, it’s a sign that the brake pads are completely worn down. The sound is the result of the brake disc and metal brake caliper rubbing together. The brake pads will need to be replaced, and the rotors will probably need to be turned or replaced.
There are other signs that are indications of brake problems.
Unresponsive Brakes: If the brake pedal feels loose or the brakes are slow to respond, there may be air in the brake line or a brake fluid leak. If you suspect a leak, move your vehicle after it has been parked and check the ground under the spot where the car was parked. Brake fluid looks like motor oil, but it’s not as thick.
Brakes Wearing Unevenly: If your car moves to the left or right when you brake, it may be a sign of uneven brake wear or an issue with the brake fluid. The vehicle will need a brake inspection
Brake Vibration: If you feel vibrations when braking, the brake rotors have likely become warped. You’ll feel a pulsating sensation. Warped brake rotors are caused by prolonged brake use, such as continually braking when declining down a long mountain road or when towing heavy trailers.
If you suspect problems with your car’s brakes, don’t hesitate. Bring your vehicle to the Jim Cook Chevrolet Service Center for expert brake repair service. Our certified service technicians will inspect your car’s brakes and check the brake fluid. We’ll repair any issues quickly to get your vehicle back on the road safely.