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Category Archives: Brakes

My brakes make a grinding noise when I back up

Your brakes could be making a grinding noise due to a faulty brake caliper. If your caliper seizes then it can cause your brake pad to wear prematurely and this will cause grinding when the brake pad wears down to metal. If this happens your brake calipers, rotors and pads will all need to be replaced.  Give us a call and let us take care of you.  Happy Adventures,  Heather

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My ABS light came on

Your ABS light is part of your braking system. If this light comes on then that means you have a fault within that system that needs attention. This could be a control module that sends information to your brakes. This would be a safety concern and something that should be addressed as soon as possible.  Give us a call and let us take care of you.  Happy Adventures,  Heather

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Why did my brake pedal go to the floor.

The most likely reason for your brake pedal going to the floor is you have a leak in your brake system. This could be from your master cylinder, disc brake calipers or wheel cylinders. When you're low on brake fluid it doesn't allow those systems to work properly and it can cause the brake pedal to go to the floor. Give us a call and let us take care of you.  Happy Adventures,  Heather

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Why are my brakes squeaking?

Your brakes could be squeaking due to being wet, from the type of pad material, they were overheated, or they are close to needing replaced. Many brake systems have a "squealer" on them that tells you when your brakes are getting close to needing replacement. This squealer is activated with the pad thickness is thin. If you're wondering why your brakes are squeaking it could be that you are due for new brake pads. We do free brake inspections - give us a call and let us take care of you.  Happy Adventures,  Heather

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My car shakes when I brake

If your car is shaking while braking it is most likely due to an issue with your brake rotors. Your brake rotors can get overheated when braking down long hills or when pulling heavy loads. When your rotors get overheated this can cause them to warp and then your car will shake while braking.  Give us a call and let us take care of you.  Happy Adventures,  Heather

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My car is making a scraping noise

Your car may be making a scraping noise due to an issue with your brakes. If one of your brake calipers is seized or sticking then it can cause a noise when you're driving. This noise will not go away and will progressively get worse. Your brake caliper can seize due to an excessive amount of moisture in your brake fluid that will damage the internal components of your braking system. Your brake fluid's moisture content should stay below 1% anything more than that and it should be serviced. We typically advise that you have your brake fluid serviced every 12 months. We also do free brake inspections, give us a call and let us take care of you.  Happy Adventures,  Heather 

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My rear brake is smoking

Smoking brakes is something that you should be very concerned about. This could be due to the caliper being seized and applying the brake or it could be an issue with your parking brake system. If your parking brake cable gets stuck and it stays on it can also cause your brakes to smoke. Over time your parking brake cable can become corroded and the cable can seize which will make it not release when you release your parking brake. This can also cause your parking brake to not hold properly on a hill. This is a safety concern that needs to be addressed immediately to keep you, your family and others safe.  Give us a call and let us take care of you.  Happy Adventures,  Heather

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My car is pulling to the right

There are questions that come with this statement. When does it pull? When you hit the brakes? While driving down the road? If your car is pulling when you're on the brakes then it's an indication that you're having an issue with your brake calipers. When you caliper sticks then it causes your brake to be stuck on and that will cause the pulling. We do free brake inspections, you're welcome to call and we will get you in to make sure you're safe on all your journeys.  Give us a call and let us take care of you.  Happy Adventures,  Heather

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My brakes are making a grinding noise

Your brakes could be making a grinding noise due to a caliper that is sticking and causing premature wear to your brake pads. This when left undiagnosed can cause your brake pads to damage your rotor if your pads get to thin. Having a caliper dragging will cause poor fuel mileage, pulling when driving or braking and if left for to long it can be a safety hazard.  Give us a call and let us take care of you.  Happy Adventures,  Heather

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My brake light indicator is on

Your brake light could be on due to low brake fluid. Low brake fluid can be an indication that your brake pads need to be replaced. This can also be an indication that you have a leak in your brake system. When your brake light indicator comes on then you need to have your system checked to make sure you're safe on the road. We do free brake inspections - give us a call and let us take care of you.  Happy Adventures,  Heather

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