Richard Petty once told AutoNetTV, “You’ve gotta have good brakes. If you’ve got good brakes you can keep yourself out of a lotta trouble.”
That’s why a regular brake inspection is on every Thorold driver's maintenance schedule. An inspection at Hartzel Automotive & Marine will check your brake system and let you know if there are any problems.
Of course, if you’re having trouble with your brakes, get your car into Hartzel Automotive & Marine in Thorold right away. Here are some vital symptoms for Thorold motorists to watch for:
Low or spongy brake pedal
Hard brake pedal
A brake warning light that stays on
Constantly squealing or grinding brakes
Vibrations or clunking sounds when you apply your brakes
If you are experiencing any of these, it’s time to get your brakes checked. To to your knowledgeable Hartzel Automotive & Marine tech.
There are two types of brakes: disc and drum. Disc brakes have a rotor that’s attached to the axle. Calipers straddle the rotor, kind of like the brakes on a bicycle.
Drum brakes are most common on back wheels. Both types have pads or shoes that press against the brakes and slow the vehicle. Brake pads and shoes are made out of very tough material to withstand the heat and force generated when stopping your pickup . Eventually, they wear out with use, and become too thin and need to be replaced at Hartzel Automotive & Marine.
If the brake pads wear away completely, you can damage the rotors. The calipers can grind grooves in the rotor. Then the rotor must either be resurfaced or replaced. That’s not only expensive, but also dangerous because your vehicle won’t stop as quickly. Sometimes rotors warp or crack and must be replaced.
Hartzel Automotive & Marine brake service will also include a check of your brake fluid. When the brakes are applied, the pressure in the fluid activates the brake pads or shoes. Not enough fluid means not enough pressure to brake properly. Also, water builds up in the brake fluid over time, which leads to corrosion, leaks and brake damage, and with hard use, the brakes could severely fade or even fail. Thorold auto owners should change the brake fluid when their auto manufacturer recommends to avoid these problems.
There are different grades of brake pads sold in Thorold; good, better and best. Higher grades cost more, but give better braking performance and smoother operation. It’s OK to upgrade your brake pads. But, never use a grade that’s lower than what the car maker recommends.
So, be sure to properly maintain your brakes, because it’s a lot less pricey than paying your Thorold body shop after an accident.
Come in to Hartzel Automotive & Marine for an brake inspection before damage occurs. You can call ahead for an appointment by calling 905.684.0050.
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