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Brake checks, and why they are so very important!

by Ali's Woodinville on 03/23/14

Many people try to avoid brake repair because of the cost involved. But, when you consider the consequences of what could happen to you or your loved ones if your brakes fail---it is well worth the expense. You should try to understand your car's maintenance schedule, but also note how long it tends to take your car to wear down it's brakes.  If you're unsure, or if you hear the warning signs (we'll list them below), be quick to schedule your car for a brake check.

In fact, when you come to Ali's for any of your other servicing, oil changes, or repairs, we will go ahead and report back to you on the current wear and tear. We always give you an honest report---our customers trust that we actually want them to get as much out of their brake pads as possible. Over time, though, other brake repairs may become necessary. Rest assured that matter what your brake system needs, we are ready to handle it completely.

If you suspect it's time for your brakes to be inspected, our trained mechanics can give you peace of mind by performing a thorough inspection. If repairs are necessary, at least you'll know that you will be getting your car into it's safest condition possible.

What are some of the warning signs that might suggest that your brakes are worn? 

Well, one of the easiest signs to note is a high-pitched screeching sound when you apply your brakes. That's a small metal shim, called an indicator, which is giving you an audible warning that you need to replace your brake pads. If you hear it regularly, quickly make an appointment with your mechanic.

Here are some of the other signs you should look out for (thanks to and it's helpful blog post):

Reduced responsiveness or fading. If your brakes are not as responsive as they should be or if the pedal "sinks" toward the floor, this could be an indication of a leak in the braking system. It could be an air leak (in the brake hose) or a brake fluid leak.

Pulling. If your vehicle "pulls" to one side while braking, it may be a sign that the brake linings are wearing unevenly or that there is foreign matter in the brake fluid. Your vehicle may need a brake adjustment or to have the fluid drained and replaced.

Grinding or growling. This loud metallic sound means that you have worn down the pads completely, most likely beyond replacement. The grinding or growling noise is caused by the two pieces of metal (the disc and the caliper) rubbing together. This can "score," or scratch your rotors, creating an uneven surface. If this happens, do not be surprised if your mechanic tells you that the rotors need to be "turned" (a process that evens out the rotor surface), or even replaced.

Vibration. A vibration or pulsating brake pedal is often a symptom of warped rotors (but can also indicate that your vehicle is out of alignment). The vibration can feel similar to the feedback in the brake pedal during a panic stop in a vehicle equipped with anti-lock brakes

We have been doing Brake Repair in the Woodinville area (Bothell, Kenmore, Snohomish, etc.) for years, and our expertise will show! If drums, discs, or rotors are worn or even damaged, we can take care of it for you. We'll inspect and check on your brake fluid and your hydraulic system.

You don't have to take it to the national service chains or tire stores. Any service offered by the national chains can be taken car of right here at Ali's Woodinville Auto Repair. And, you'll have the added benefit of keeping a service history with us, so we can help you find the best schedule for getting brakes and everything else handled in due time.

If you hear squealing or screeching of any kind, if it has been more than a year, or over 20,000 miles since your last brake check, get your car to Ali's for Brake Repair Woodinville WA trusts and depends on!

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