Look Out, it’s a Deer!
Leaks, Heat, and Brake Failure
KD Automotive in Redmond, Washington, wants to know if you’ve ever had to suddenly hit your brakes for a deer on the road. It’s a scary thought. Do you swerve or brake hard? In this quick decision-making moment, it’s good to know your brakes are in excellent condition. What if your vehicle did not stop properly? Imagine if the vehicle wobbled, or a leak prevented the vehicle from stopping? Brake failure at life’s crucial moments can be avoided. When was the last time your brakes were checked?
If you have worn-out brake pads and are applying pressure on flat rotors, excessive heat and friction will build up fast, causing brake failure. The stress and friction needed with good pads on flat rotors to slow the vehicle is nullified with a leak, worn-down pads, or other brake system failures.
Heat and friction are two of the most destructive forces affecting vehicle brakes. Brakes that are overheated can also be deadly. The unseen sign of brake heat can also cause a fire. It’s advised that a KD Automotive brake specialist always examine your brakes regularly to ensure vehicle and passenger safety.
Leaks, age, and neglect: this combination can spell trouble for any driver. KD Automotive suggests using a preventative brake maintenance program to avoid unnecessary brake repair costs. When you have additional trained eyes on your vehicle, brake failure, and other expensive repairs are minimized, adding life to your brakes and your vehicle.
Brake fluid creates hydraulic pressure in your brake system. When a brake system leaks, the caliper needed to slow the vehicle with hydraulic pressure is lost, resulting in brake failure. The leak could also come from the master cylinder, the fluid line, or another part of the brake system. When our trained eyes are monitoring your vehicle, nothing slips past us. We find the problem, notify you of how it can affect your vehicle’s performance, and quickly repair the damaged part.
Squealing and grinding noises may be another sign that your vehicle’s brakes are in jeopardy of failure. When you hear a grinding noise when you apply the brakes, it could signal a disc or drum problem. If it squeals, it’s most likely your vehicle’s brake pads. The pads cushions are worn down, making direct contact with the rotors. Drums usually have shoes. Both use friction to slow a vehicle but excessive heat on the rotors or drums will prevent your vehicle from stopping correctly.