DOES YOUR BUICK OR GMC VEHICLE NEED A BRAKE REPAIR?

January 14th, 2022 by

Your car’s brakes are vitally important, but they can also be underappreciated until a problem occurs. Brakes allow you to control the slowing and stopping of your car when you need to. Without good brakes, your car can be very dangerous to both you and other drivers or pedestrians. When you need a brake repair in Cedar Knolls, NJ your GMC dealer can help you. These are some of the signs that your brakes may be in trouble.

DO YOU NEED A BRAKE REPAIR AT YOUR GMC DEALER IN CEDAR KNOLLS, NJ?

HIGH-PITCHED SQUEALING

Your brake pads are covered with a friction material, and when you hit the brakes your pads clamp onto the rotors to slow and stop your car. When you apply your brakes, a small part of the friction material wears off. When the material has worn down to the level that the pads need to be changed, a small piece of metal is revealed. When the pads clamp against the rotors, the metal on metal contact produces a squealing sound.

The squealing sound is a warning that your pads need to be replaced ASAP. Your brakes won’t fail, but they will continue to wear. We advise making a booking with our service department and we can replace your pads.

GRINDING SOUNDS

If your pads are not replaced when you hear the squealing sound, the friction material will eventually wear off completely. Without the material, the metal of your pads will be in direct contact with your metal rotors when you brake, The grinding sound means that your pads are grinding into the rotors and damaging them. If the pads are not replaced immediately, they can cause serious damage to your rotors.

Depending on the damage, your rotors might be able to be resurfaced. If the damage is too extensive, we would need to replace the rotors. If new brake pads are added to a damaged rotor, the rotor will make a noise and the pads will also wear out faster.

RIGID OR SOFT BRAKE PEDAL

Your brake pedal should be firm when you press on it, and this means your brakes are working normally. If you step on the pedal and you need very little pressure to move it, your pedal is considered soft. The master cylinder supplies brake fluid to provide hydraulic power for your brakes, and if the system loses pressure your pedal will feel soft. Our technicians can check this for you.

If your brake pedal doesn’t move at all, no matter the pressure applied to it, the pedal is considered to be rigid. There are several possible causes, including a bad brake booster, a damaged booster check valve, or a damaged booster hose.

Good brakes are vital to your safety. Call our service department right away at Performance Buick GMC if you have any problems with your brakes. Our expert technicians will speedily find and repair the problem for you. We’ll have you and your car safely back on the road again.

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