Brake Repair Tempe and Scottsdale AZ
It’s easy to take your brakes for granted. As long as your vehicle stops when you press on the brake pedal, everything seems fine. In reality, if you neglect your brakes, you’re putting everyone in your vehicle at risk, along with pedestrians and everyone sharing the road with you.
In a very real sense, your brakes represent the most critical system on your vehicle. That’s why it’s the number-one item on our safety list and an area that gets close attention at We-Fix-It Auto Repair. We recommend getting your brakes inspected at least once every six months.
Several factors can determine how long it will take for your brakes to wear out, including your own driving habits. The hot climate here in the Scottsdale, Tempe, and Phoenix areas also factors into the longevity of your brakes (and all of your car’s components.) Here are some of the warning signs to watch and listen for when driving:
A high-pitched squeal whenever you stop: That squeal is intentional, so don’t ignore it. Brake pad manufacturers put a piece of metal called an “indicator” on the pad. When the pad wears down to about a quarter-inch thick, the indicator contacts the rotor and squeals.
A grinding noise when you brake: This often means the metal on the pad base is exposed and is now grinding against the rotor. Continuing to drive the vehicle in this condition can cause much more damage and be dangerous.
Shaking or vibration in the steering wheel when you brake: This is often caused by a misalignment between the pad and rotor or — even worse — warped rotors.
Long pedal travel: You don’t want a lot of give in the brake pedal. If it’s getting steadily worse, that means trouble. If your foot goes all the way to the floor when you brake, your brakes need to be inspected immediately. You’re on the verge of not being able to brake at all.
A strong metallic smell when you brake: This often indicates failing brakes and merits an inspection.
Braking actually pulls the car to the left or right: Several things can cause this issue, which we call “brake pull,” including a misaligned caliper or a collapsed brake hose.
If you’re experiencing any of these symptoms — and especially if you notice more than one — please call us for an appointment right away so we can prevent any further damage.