Brakes

Brake Issues

When applying the brakes to a vehicle, the braking ratio is 60% braking on the front and 40% to the rear brakes.  When applying the brakes the weight of the vehicle moves forward, which in-turn puts more pressure on the front brakes. This is why the front brakes wear twice as fast as the rear brakes. Worn brakes can dramatically reduce the stopping power of your vehicle. Ignoring worn brakes can lead to expensive repairs such as grooved brake drums or rotors that will have to be replaced. When the rear brakes are worn out and not replaced, it will cause excessive wear on the front brakes. This will cause a low brake pedal, delayed braking response and increased braking distances. Brake systems are a simple yet critical vehicle component.

 

Here are some warning signs that say it’s time to replace brake pads before it’s too late:

  • Wheel grabs
  • Squishy or spongy brake pedals
  • Pulsating brakes
  • Squealing brakes
  • Pulling to one side or the other
  • Brakes that won’t release after pushing the pedal down
  • Brake pedal suddenly goes hard
  • Grinding noise while braking

When inspecting brakes, we also look for signs of leaking wheel cylinders, axle seals, and brake fluid on hydraulic brakes. When wheel cylinders are working correctly and are not leaking, the brakes should apply and release just fine. But, if a wheel cylinder is sticking or leaking, it could cause the brakes to grab or pull. A leaky wheel cylinder is dangerous because it may allow a complete loss of hydraulic pressure in the affected brake circuit. This in turn, can cause the brakes to fail. Consequently, repairs should be made immediately if a wheel cylinder is leaking fluid. Also, if brake fluid leaks on the brake shoes the brake shoes should be replaced along with the wheel cylinder.