Is your steering wheel shaking when braking?

Brakes

Your brake system is THE most important safety system in your vehicle. Do not put off routine inspections and repair! Brake wear is normal- eventually you’ll need to replace them.

How do I know if I need my brakes serviced?
  • My pedal is lower than usual; it feels “mushy.”
  • My car pulls to one side when I brake.
  • My dashboard has a brake warning light on.
  • I feel the steering wheel vibrating.
  • I hear squealing or screeching noises when I brake.
  • I smell something weird or see smoke.

Contact us as soon as possible if you encounter any of these issues.

How do brakes work?

When you push on the brake pedal, it creates hydraulic pressure in the master cylinder. This pressure goes to the wheel cylinders and brake calipers and forces the shoes against the drums (drum brakes) and pads against the rotors (disc brakes). That causes friction that slows down the car.

Why should I get my brakes serviced?

Your brake system is THE most important safety system in your vehicle. Do not put off routine inspections and repair! Brake wear is normal- eventually you’ll need to replace them. They wear out and become thinner. If the thickness of brake pads is less than 3mm, it’s time to change them.

Worn down brakes makes stopping take longer and puts you and others at risk. Plus it’ll cost more money to fix them in the long run. Have them checked every 12-15 months and inspected right away if the brake-warning light is on. And make sure to break them in properly!

Also, flush your brake system every two years or 24,000 miles to get rid of the moisture that naturally builds up. That’ll help your brake system last longer and keep your brakes working better.

What do we do in a typical brakes service?

We inspect your shoes/pads, master and wheel cylinders, hoses, calipers, hardware and fluid. Then we check the parking brake to see if it needs adjustment or if the shoes/pads need replacing.

We also check on the condition of your drums or rotors to see if they need resurfacing or replacing.

Our warranty on premium NAPA brake pads is 24 month or 24,000 miles (whichever occurs first). This warranty does not cover against brake pulsation due to improper break-in, excessive heat or improper wheel torque.

Brakes are pretty much the most important safety device on your car. If you’ve ever partially lost your brakes in the past, you’ll agree that it’s not something you want to experience again. Inspecting your brakes twice a year for wear and damage can protect you and your passengers. Additionally, it will also help save you money by catching any damage before it becomes too costly.

Get the Most From Your Car's Brakes

To get the most out of your new brakes read 7 Ways to Get the Most From Your Car’s Brakes.

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atc Auto Center, Augusta
(706) 738-7812

atc Auto Center, Grovetown
(706) 303-3333

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