Spilling the Brake Fluid

What Is Your Car Telling You?

You’ve heard secrets before, and they’re often revealed by someone saying something is being “spilled.” There’s spilling the beans. More recently, there’s spilling the tea. When it comes to your vehicle, if your car is revealing to you that it needs brake repair, perhaps it might be called spilling the brake fluid. No matter what you call it, brake trouble shouldn’t be ignored. Left unaddressed, it won’t be a secret for long, and worse, it may soon become a danger to you, your passengers, and others sharing the road. To prevent even greater problems and danger, at the first whisper of a brake system issue, bring your auto to KS Autocare in Elgin, IL, for repair.

Is Your Car Warning You That Its Brakes Need Repairing?

Even though it’s best to have our certified technicians accurately diagnose and repair your brakes, there are some tell-tale warning signs that your vehicle may give to tell you it needs help with its brakes. If you notice odd sensations or strange new noises when you apply brakes, your car may need service. Further, squeaking, squealing, or grinding may tell you that the brake pads are worn. The pads are made of metal, so metal rubs against metal when they’re worn beyond a certain tolerance, causing the noise you hear. A “soft” or spongy feeling brake pedal may provide a clue pointing to an issue with the master cylinder, the brake fluid reservoir that holds the fluid until it is forced through the braking system when you press the pedal. Fluid can escape from a bad master cylinder. This is a problem because you need sufficient fluid pressure to stop your car. Another concern is a change in brake pedal position. The pedal needs to stop about an inch to an inch and a half from the floor if your auto has power brakes. In a car with manual brakes, the pedal should stop at least 3 inches from the floor. Bring your vehicle in for a check-up if the brake warning light comes on. This can be a simple issue, or it can represent a major problem. You should never take a chance by assuming the problem is minor. If your ride wobbles, vibrates, or makes a scraping sound when you’re braking, you may have uneven rotors. These are the large metal discs just inside the wheels. The brake pads, held by calipers, contact the rotors to reduce speed and stop the car. The rotors should be smooth and evenly thick. If they’re not, contact between the pads and rotors is reduced, impairing stopping ability. Calipers or brake lines in need of replacement may cause the auto to pull to one side during braking. A burning smell may indicate a stuck brake caliper, or it may be the reminder that you forgot to disengage the emergency brake.

We Listen to Your Car and You

When you bring your ride to KS Autocare in Elgin, Illinois, for brake service, we listen to the sounds the car makes (or the sensations it gives), but we also listen to you. We’ll help you determine what’s best for your vehicle, making sound auto repairs and getting you safely back on the road.

By on November 10th, 2020 in Brake Repair