Brake Repair and Human Care
If your vehicle doesn’t go, you're inconvenienced. If it doesn’t stop, you're in trouble. What will happen when you apply your brakes? Will your vehicle brake as it should? Will it hit something because the brakes failed, breaking property and maybe even people? When you take it to a shop for repairs, will you come away feeling "broke" after seeing the bill? If you bring your car to Auto Stop Elite, we'll correct your brake system issues, making reliable repairs at a reasonable price. Furthermore, we take care of you by offering a generous warranty and roadside assistance following a minimum purchase. You'll find us at 1202 Downey Drive, Vienna, Virginia. If you suspect a problem with your brakes or simply want them checked, give us a call at 571-282-3380 or use our website scheduling button.
Signs of Brakes in Need of Repair
If you notice anything new or unusual with your brakes or stopping ability, you should have one of our ASE Master certified technicians check out your vehicle for accurate diagnosis. However, we'll share a few of the more commonly experienced issues.
Grinding, squealing, or squeaking is a sign of worn brake pads. As the pads wear, they can allow metal components to rub against one another. This leads to the odd noises you hear.
If the brake pedal feels "soft" or spongy and if you detect a brake fluid leak, there may be a problem with the master cylinder. It holds the fluid that is forced through the braking system when you depress the pedal. It creates the pressure that enables the brake pads to make the needed contact and resulting in friction that stops your auto. A defect such as a leak or crack in the master cylinder allows the fluid level to decrease. This, in turn, decreases pressure on the components and your ability to stop in the anticipated distance. Be aware of the normal stopping point for your car's brake pedal. When you press it, the pedal of a car equipped with power brakes should stop about an inch to an inch and a half from the floor. If your vehicle has manual brakes, that gap should be at least three inches.
If the rotors become uneven, you may experience scraping, vibrating, or wobbling when you brake. Rotors are large metal discs located just inside the wheels. A caliper holds the brake pad and moves it into contact with the rotor when you want to stop. Those rotors should be smooth and of even thickness. If the rotors are warped or uneven, the braking ability is decreased because contact between the metal components is hindered. Brake lines or calipers that need replacement may present themselves as your auto pulls to one side during braking. Also, pay attention if the dashboard brake light comes on. It may indicate the need for routine system maintenance, or it could signal greater trouble.
Expertise and Excellence for All Brakes
Don't risk your safety, and don't go broke fixing brakes. Bring your car to Auto Stop Elite or give us a call at 571-282-3380.