Most cars on the road today use hydraulic braking systems, usually with disc brakes in the front and drum brakes in the rear. In either case, the hydraulic pressure and friction causes your vehicle to stop.
If your brakes are dragging, squealing, grinding or pulling your vehicle to one side, or if the brake pedal seems low, come in for service right away. At the first sign of brake trouble you need to take your vehicle to one of our certified brake specialists. We have the experienced brake professionals with the knowledge to answer specific questions about your vehicle’s breaking system.
We recommend a six month brake inspection and service.
Noises: Squealing can indicate brake pads or shoes have worn down to their wear indicators. A grinding sound indicates brake pads or shoes have worn down and are contacting the rotor or drum.
Brake warning Lights: “ABS” or
“Anti lock” warning lights will briefly turn on when you first start your vehicle. If they stay on or continue to flash, there may be a fault in the anti-lock braking or traction control system.
Most of today’s vehicles are equipped
with anti-lock brakes (ABS) that use
sensors to monitor the speed of a turning wheel. If ABS determines the wheels are slowing too fast and are about to lock up, ABS will cycle the hydraulic brake pressure to create a pumping action when the brake pad contacts the rotor surface.
Pedal Sensations: A pulsing pedal can indicate rotors that are out of round, while a low pedal can indicate the need to adjust or bleed brakes.