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Brake Repair in Columbus, OH and Westerville, OH
Automotive Brakes should be examined a minimum of once a year for the safety of your vehicle. Maintaining your car's brakes is one of the most crucial precaution you could take. You can have the self-confidence of knowing that when you press your foot to the brake, your car is going to stop. Boyd's Tire & Service offers quality Columbus, OH and Westerville, OH auto repair.
What you need to know about Brake Repair
The brakes on your car work on a principle that’s not unlike the hand brakes on a bicycle. The wheels are bolted to a smooth steel disc called a rotor, and a caliper then encloses the rotor. The caliper holds the brake pads, which are a hard semi-metallic or ceramic friction material. When you step on the brake pedal, hydraulic pressure actuates a piston inside the brake caliper and forces the brake pads against the rotor to slow the vehicle via friction.
The friction material on a good quality set of brake pads can last for 60,000 miles, wearing down so slowly that it can be hard to know when it’s time to replace them. These are all indicators of trouble, though:
- Vehicle pulls to one side while braking
- Longer stopping distances
- Brake pedal goes farther toward floor before brakes engage
- Noticeable pulsation or vibration through brake pedal while braking
- Tendency for one or more wheels to lock up and skid while braking
- Brake pedal slowly goes toward floor while holding the vehicle stopped and in gear
- Groaning, squealing or metallic grinding noise while braking
Of all these, the metal-to-metal grinding noise is by far the worst. Some brake pads are designed with a wear indicator, a spring-steel tab that protrudes from the back of the pad. When the pads reach a minimum thickness, that tab drags on the brake rotor and makes a noise to warn the driver that it’s time to service the brakes. In other cases, it can mean that the brake pads are worn to a point where the backing plate and rivets are exposed…and all your braking ability is coming from metal-to-metal contact (which is also quickly wearing away the rotors).
At Boyd’s Tire & Service, we do a lot of brake repair and inspection as part of routine maintenance. Even if your brakes aren’t showing signs of trouble, it’s important to have them inspected at least once a year. It’s not just for your own safety…it’s for the sake of everyone else on the road with you! Don’t take chances!
Schedule your brake repair appointment in Columbus, OH or Westerville, OH
The faster you inspect troubles and change brake pads, the safer your automobile can be. Avoiding brake concerns may lead to various other more costly repairs. Contact us soon to book an appointment for a brake examination right away to set up your brake repair or other Columbus, OH and Westerville, OH auto repair service. Boyd's Tire & Service is proud to be your local auto repair center and provider of Columbus, OH and Westerville, OH tires.