Brake Repair & Replacement
Local Auto Repair Shop Takes Care of Your Brakes Before Danger Strikes
We don’t need to tell you how important the brakes in your car are. You can imagine the horrifying scenario where you are unable to stop your car - it’s not a situation anyone wants to be in. Luckily, the difference between good brakes and bad brakes is pretty easy to spot.
SIGNS YOU NEED TO REPLACE YOUR BRAKES
Screeching or Squeaking When You Brake
When you press your brakes, they squeak, squeal, or screech. If your brakes were noisy and suddenly they are silent or even grinding, real problems have already begun. It’s best to schedule an appointment with your local auto repair shop at the onset of screeching. NOTE: If your brakes are wet (from rain or washing), they may squeal a little the first few times you use your brakes. This is normal and nothing you should worry about. Screeching from bad brakes will happen as frequently as you use your brakes and continue to grow in loudness if not fixed. As a general rule, REIS auto will inspect your brakes every 5,000 miles when we rotate your tires to help avoid surprises.
When you have new brakes, stopping is extremely easy. Very little pressure has to be applied to your brake pedal to slow or stop your car. Vehicles used in high speed or hilly environments may experience brake fade due to excessive heat, which results in a loss of responsiveness. If you have to press your brake pedal almost to the floor to stop your car, you may have a brake fluid leak or a leak in the brake hose allowing air to enter the system. If you suspect a brake fluid leak, check under your car after it has been parked for a little while. You may see a small puddle of fluid that looks similar to oil (but less slimy) – it could be brake fluid. Never chance a brake fluid leak—always get it inspected by a qualified technician ASAP.
Brake Pedal Vibrates
A vibrating or pulsating brake pedal could mean you have warped rotors in your brake system, and they need to be replaced.
Car Pulls to One Side When Braking
Does your car pull to one side when you brake? If so, the problem could be that your brake lining is unevenly worn, likely due to a hydraulic system component being worn - such as a caliper or brake hose – a test drive and brake inspection will be needed.
Brakes Grind or Growl
A grinding or growling noise when you brake is a bad sign! It means you have completely worn down your brake pads. Get your brakes repaired before it gets to grinding and growling to save yourself from more costly repairs.
SAFETY ON THE ROAD STARTS WITH RELIABLE BRAKES!
When it comes to automobile safety – your brakes are an essential operating mechanism of your vehicle. If you commute daily or frequently have your family in the car, you want to make sure your brakes work when you need them to. When you live in Wisconsin, you already have bad weather against you (rain, cold, snow, and more snow). Don’t have bad brakes against you too. Get a brake inspection from REIS Auto’s local auto repair shop in Hales Corners, and get back on the road with reliable brakes!
Brakes or Hydraulics Problem?
Modern cars have brakes on all four wheels. However, your front brakes play a greater part in stopping your car than your back brakes do, as braking throws the weight of your car forward. It is common for your front brakes to wear faster than the back brakes. Be diligent about having them checked.
Replacing your brake pads and rotors is an easy and necessary fix after they’ve put in their required miles. However, if your brakes feel spongy or less effective over time and you have already had your required pad and rotor replacements, there may be a problematic leak in your hydraulic system.
A slow leak will eventually lose enough hydraulic fluid in the brake cylinder that the brakes no longer function properly. If a major leak has occurred, the first time pressure is applied to the brakes, all the hydraulic fluid will be forced out through the leak and you will experience total brake failure. Modern cars have safety functions to prevent this from happening, but you do not want a leak in your system of any kind.
Need New Brake Fluid?
Over time, moisture, build-up, and rust can work its way into your brake fluid, compromising your system and stopping power. Flush your brake fluid every 36 months. Also, be aware there is a difference between brake flushing and brake bleeding. Brake flushing is removing all fluid from the system and replacing it with new, clean fluid. Brake bleeding removes just enough fluid to dismiss air bubbles from the brake lines.
Please be cautious when changing your brake fluid at home. Using the wrong fluid will compromise your entire brake system – this damage cannot be repaired and the system would have to be replaced. Additionally, brake fluid is dangerous to handle (it can eat paint, so getting it on your skin is not ideal) and difficult to safely dispose of.
REIS Automotive includes brake fluid inspections with every oil change we perform! We offer the best brakes, lube and auto repair services in Southeast Wisconsin.