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  • Brakes are one of the most important safety features of any vehicle.  They’re also pretty pricey to replace.  So today, we’re going to take a look at what you can do to extend the life of your brakes so your car not only stays safe, but your wallet stays full.

    Basics

    Your braking system is made up of brake pads, shoes, rotors, drums, calipers and brake lines.  The brake pads, linings and rotors push against one another to create the friction that stops your car. There are two types of brakes; disk brakes, and drum brakes. Disk brakes use a flat, disk-shaped metal rotor (hence the name), whereas drum brakes use a wide cylinder that’s open in the back.

    Disc Brake Illustration

    Disc Brake Illustration

    Drum brake illustration

    Drum brake illustration

    Symptoms

    If you experience any of these symptoms, you should get your brakes checked out

    • A vibration in the steering wheel when you step on the brake (especially at highway speeds)
    • Your brake light or anti-lock brake light comes on
    • Your vehicle pulls in one direction when applying the brakes
    • A brake pedal that feels soft or fades when you hold it down

    Even if you’re not experiencing any of the aforementioned symptoms, you should get your brakes checked every 6,000 miles.

    Cost

    The price range is broad and it varies for every car. Sometimes you just need new pads, other times you may need much more. The only way to be sure of exactly what you need, and how much it will cost, is to contact any one of our retail locations for an appointment.  Our ASE Certified Technicians are experts in brake repair, and will take the time to explain what exactly needs to be done, and how much it’ll cost.

     

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