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Why is my car shaking when I brake?

If your car is shaking when you press on the brakes then it could be that your rotors are  then it could be from your brakes. If your brake components get to hot then it can cause damage to your rotors that will cause a vibration when braking. This can be fixed by having your brake rotors replaced.  Give us a call and let us take care of you.  Happy Adventures,  Heather

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When I Stop My Brakes Squeak

Your brakes may be squeaking due to the material they are made of, or because they are due to be changed. The brake pad has a squealer bracket that will make a noise when you apply the brake when it starts to get too thin. We do free brake inspections to make sure you're safe on all your travels. Give us a call and let us take care of you.  Happy Adventures, Heather

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My brakes are squealing

Your brakes are probably squealing due to the fact the are ready to be replaced. Most brake pads have squealer tabs on them. When the brake pads get down to a predetermined thickness they will start to make a noise to warn you that your brake pads are ready to be replaced.  Give us a call and let us take care of you.  Happy Adventures, Heather

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When I press on the brake it makes a grinding noise and I can't stop

Anytime that your car is making noise when braking it needs to be inspected. If you're not able to stop when braking then you need to have your car towed to have it inspected. We do free brake inspections, just give us a call and we will schedule you an appointment for us to take a look at it, most of the time the same day.  Give us a call and let us take care of you.  Happy Adventures,  Heather

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Why do I need to replace both calipers?

When one of your brake calipers fail it's very common to see the next one fail within a very short period of time. It also affects the equal braking on both of your wheels. We always recommend to replace both calipers if one has failed. It keeps you on the road longer and you also have the benefit of peace of mind knowing your brakes are functioning properly.  Give us a call at 541-791-2886 and let us take care of you.  Happy Adventures,  Heather

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My brakes are making a noise

If your brakes are making a noise they need to be checked. It could be something as simple as a rock that got stuck in the backing or it could be that you are due for new brakes. Most cars have a "squealer" that will start to make noise when the brake pads are getting close to needing to be changed.  We do free brake inspections, just give us a call we'll schedule you an appointment and make sure you're safe on all your travels. Give us a call and let us take care of you 541-791-2886. Happy Adventures, Heather

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Why are my brakes smoking?

If your brakes are smoking then you most likely have a brake caliper that has seized and it causing drag on that side. If this is happening please pull over immediately. It's not likely but your brakes could catch on fire. Your caliper, rotor and pads will all need to be replaced to get you back on the road again.  Give us a call and let us take care of you.  Happy Adventures,  Heather

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When should I change my brakes?

When should I change my brakes?

Your car has disc brake pads in the front and in the rear either disc brake pads or brake shoes. For disc brake pads we recommend to change them between 2-3 mm, and if they're shoes then around 2mm. Your disc brake pads start around 10mm and brake shoes start at 5-6mm. Your brake pads will wear much quicker than the brake shoes.  GIve us a call and we will do a free brake inspection for you.  Happy Adventures, Heather 

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Why does my Ford F-150 shake when I brake?

Why does my Ford F-150 shake when I brake?

Shaking while braking usually means that you have an issue with your rotors. It's not necessary what is going on with it, but that is the typical answer to the problem. Overtime your brake pads can transfer material to the brake rotor and when this happens it can cause high and low spots on your brake rotor which in turn is where the shaking comes from when braking. It could also be that your rotors are warped - that the could have gotten overly hot at some point and the metal is no longer "true". Give us a call 541-791-2886 or request an appointment online at jhautomotiveinc.com/appointments Happy Adventures, Heather

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When I brake it grinds

When I brake it grinds

Unless you're using a mortar and pestle while in your car - and really you shouldn't then you should never hear grinding in and around your car, especially when braking. A grinding noise typically means that your brake pad/shoe has worn out and you now have metal on metal for braking and number 1 that isn't safe and 2 it means that you will have to have your brake rotors along with your brake pads replaced.  We do a 52 point inspection that includes all of your brake components every single time we see your car. We make sure that you're safe to be on the road and on all your adventures. Your brake pads start around 10 mm, so when you get to 4 mm we let you know that you'll need to replace them in the future. It could be 6 months or 2 years, it just depends on your driving and the type of vehicle that you drive. They should be replaced somewhere between 2 and 3 mm, for safety purposes. Yes you still have a little life left in those pads, but I don't want to ... read more

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