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Category Archives: Brakes

Why are my brakes locking up?

Why are my brakes locking up? Your brakes could be locking up due to misadjusted brake system components. If this is the case then your brakes need to be adjusted properly to prevent them from locking up. Another common failure is a sensor that controls your traction control. If this sensor is starting to fail then it will tell your brakes to be applied too quickly and this could cause them to lock up. Give us a call and let us take care of you. Happy Adventures, Heather Our specials can be found here - Specials - J & H Automotive, Inc Ready to make an appointment … Appointments - J & H Automotive, Inc Want to know more … About Us - J & H Automotive, Inc Would you like to join o ... read more

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Why do my brakes grind?

Why do my brakes grind?

Why do my brakes grind? Your brakes are most likely making a grinding noise due to your brake pad being worn out. When your brake pad wears out the backing material of the brake pad will touch the brake rotor and that will cause a grinding noise. This will also happen if one of your brake calipers is stuck causing your brake to be on all the time. If your fuel mileage has recently gone down this could be one culprit. Anytime that your brakes are making a noise then they need to be checked. We do free brake inspections on most makes and models. Give us a call and let us take care of you. Happy Adventures, Heather   Our specials can be found here - Specials - J & H Automotive, Inc Ready to make an appointment … Appointments - J & H Automotive, Inc Want to know more &hellip ... read more

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Why do my brakes feel spongy?

Why do my brakes feel spongy?

Why do my brakes feel spongy? Your brakes can feel spongy due to a leak in your brake system. If you are low on brake fluid, then your brake pedal will feel spongy.  Your brake pedal will also feel spongy if you have a bad brake master cylinder. This will cause the brake pedal to be very soft. Your brake system will need to be diagnosed to know exactly what is wrong. Happy Adventures, Heather Our specials can be found here - Specials - J & H Automotive, Inc Ready to make an appointment … Appointments - J & H Automotive, Inc Want to know more … About Us - J & H Automotive, Inc Would you like to join our merry band of misfits? ... read more

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Why are my brakes getting hot?

Your brakes may be getting hot due to a disc brake caliper dragging or sticking. When your disc brake caliper starts to drag or stick then it will cause your brakes to be applied all the time. The disc brake caliper has an internal piston. This will cause your brakes to get hot. Over time it will cause your brake pads to wear prematurely and uneven wear. You may notice that your fuel mileage has gone down as well. It will also cause your fuel mileage to go down. It will also cause damage to other components if it is not repaired. Happy Adventures, Heather Our specials can be found here - Specials - J & H Automotive, Inc Ready to make an appointment … Appointments - J & H Automotive, Inc Want to know more … About Us - J & H Automotive, Inc Would you like to join our merry band of misfits ... read more

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Why are my brakes pulling hard when I brake?

Why are my brakes pulling hard when I brake? When braking and your vehicle starts to pull hard to one side it can be in indication that one of your disc brake calipers is sticking or dragging. This can happen when the disc brake caliper piston does not release after applying the brake and is grabbing harder than the other brakes. This is like always having your brakes on and will cause your disc brake pads to wear prematurely. It will also affect your fuel mileage. One of the reasons that your disc brake caliper may fail is from your brake fluid being contaminated. When your brake fluid has a high moisture content then it will cause your brake hydraulics to fail. If you are concerned about your brakes give us a call. We will do a brake inspection for free* and make sure that you are safe on all your adventures. Give us a call and let us take care of you. Happy Adventures, Heather   Check us out at https://www ... read more

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My brakes are grinding when I stop

Your brakes could be grinding due to your brake pads being worn out. If your pad material wears out then it will cause a grinding noise on your brake rotor when they are metal to metal. Your brake pads should be changed when they're around 3mm to prevent damage.  Give us a call and let us take care of you.  Happy Adventures,  Heather

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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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