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What’s Going On With Your Brakes?

Your car is a vital part of your life. You use it to get to work, the grocery store, and everywhere else you need to be. There are several key components to every vehicle, but the brakes are possibly the most over-looked component. Not being able to start your car is frustrating, but not being able to stop your car could be fatal. Your brakes are absolutely essential to getting around, so pay attention to their condition.

There are two key signs that you may need brake repair:

First, your brake pads are an essential part of any disc-based brake system (used in most cars). These pads should be about a quarter-inch thick. Checking that thickness is rather easy. Look through the spokes of your wheels and notice the metal rotor inside. Around the outer edge of the rotor, there should be a metal caliper. The pad will be located near the caliper. Give the pad a squeeze and see if it feels fairly thick. If it feels worn, then you definitely need your brakes checked!

Secondly, one of the best ways to diagnose brake issues is to listen to your car. When you hit the brakes you should only feel the car stop, but you should not hear anything. If you hear loud squeaking or other strange sounds when you press down on the brake pedal, then there is likely a problem developing. The moment you hear strange noises coming from your car, you should see a brake repair specialist as soon as possible!

As we approach the rainy season making sure your car is in tip-top shape is even more essential. It often takes longer to stop in rain, and just one issue with your car could lead to disaster.

If you know your brakes need help, contact our ASE Certified technicians at Dependable Car Care today for more information about brake repair and to schedule an appointment. Our auto shop proudly serves residents in the community of Ventura, CA, and surrounding area.