Brake Repair -  Kingsley MI

Useful Information about brake repair and maintenance from your northern MI auto repair specialists.

FAQs on Brake Repair 


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Brake repairs are crucial. Too critical in fact to risk doing them yourself, by your Uncle Daryl or any auto repair shop that uses "quick and cheap" as their sales pitch. This includes the $99 brake specials. I know, you are just trying to save a few dollars and I commend you for that, but don't cut corners when it comes to your brakes. Cheap brake repair offers typically include cheap low quality brake pads that are hastily installed on rusty calipers and rotors. Brake repair is as much about the meticulous cleaning and lubing steps as they are about quality parts. If you want your brakes to be safe AND last a long time you should bring it to a certified mechanic that has an eye for detail, uses quality parts, and isn't in a rush to get your car off the hoist and move on to the next vehicle. 


How do you know if your brakes require repair? Really, if you feel that something isn’t right when you hit the brake pedal, it’s probably best to trust your gut and get your vehicle to a trusted auto repair shop.


Here are some frequently asked questions to help you troubleshoot common brake problems:


My brakes squeal when I’m driving my car but the squealing stops when I actually brake. What is the issue?

A brake squeal while driving usually indicates that your brake pads or shoes have worn down and now the audible indicators – a noisy little piece of metal imbedded in the pad or shoe – is hitting the rotor or drum letting you know it’s time to replace them.
My brakes are squealing when I press the brake pedal but I can still stop all right. Do I need to have my brakes inspected or is it okay to wait?

Well, as in the answer to the first question, a brake squeal usually indicates it is time for repair work. Your brakes will typically squeal because the indicator is hitting the pad or shoe or because a rust ridge has formed on the surface or edge of the rotor. This ridge can be responsible for creating noise when you stop the vehicle. If the squeal is because there is a rust ridge it may not be necessary to replace any of the components if the pads and rotors are not worn out. However, it is always a good idea to have your brake system inspected when you hear a noise in case you do need repairs to keep the brakes working properly.


My brake pedal feels soft. There’s no bite when I brake. Should I get my brakes inspected? Could it be the ABS?

Yes, when your brake pedal feels soft, squishy the most probable cause is air in the brake lines. The air could be in your ABS brake system during a recent service to the vehicle like replacing a caliper or the air could have gotten into your breaking system via a leak and you may also have low brake fluid. You can check your brake fluid levels to see if they are lower, and then replenish any missing fluid.

Then bring your vehicle to Auto Tech so we can inspect your brake system and make the necessary repairs. It is possible that there is a fluid leak, contaminated brake fluid, worn brake pads, or problems with the brake power boost unit. A comprehensive inspection will provide a clear answer.


When I step on the brake now it’s really stiff – I have to really push to brake properly. What would make me have to use more effort to brake?

This is a symptom that could be caused by a few different brake issues, most commonly problems with the brake booster, caliper, vacuum pump or an obstruction in the brake line. In any case, you need to have brakes that function well and so you should bring your vehicle in for an inspection and repairs without delay.


My brakes seem to work all right, but lately when I step on the brake they grab and pull the car to one side. It’s quite noticeable. Is this serious?

When your brake system is working well the brakes will apply smoothly and evenly, so the fact your brakes are pulling your vehicle to one side is a sign that something is wrong. Usually this happens when the brake pads are worn or damaged, but sometimes it is the brake discs that are the culprit. Bringing your vehicle to a trusted service shop will determine the cause and remedy the situation for you.


When I brake the brake seems to stick. It’s as though the brakes don’t let go right away. Is this something I should be concerned about?

Well, your brakes that are in good working order will release as soon as you ease off the brake pedal. So if your brakes are dragging or sticking, this could be a problem resulting from either the wheel cylinder not functioning properly or maybe the parking brake is not fully releasing. Not taking the vehicle in for repair could also unnecessarily wear out other brake parts.


When I brake the pedal vibrates – and I don’t think it is the ABS (anti-lock braking system) because I wasn’t braking hard. What does this mean and is it dangerous?

There are different problems that could make your brake seem to vibrate when you apply pressure to the brake pedal. You need to bring your vehicle to an automotive repair shop so they can properly assess what is causing this, the issue could be with your ABS, brake pads, calipers or discs need replacing. Alternately, it could be that your suspension is worn and needs repair or that your tires aren’t aligned properly.

Your safety is important and as you can see, brake problems are not something to ignore. For reliable brake service you can trust, come to Auto Tech in Traverse City or Kingsley.


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