Auto brakes are vital to road safety, as they allow drivers to adjust their speed when they encounter obstacles on the road. The importance of auto brake maintenance should therefore not be underestimated. Auto brakes wear continuously and the level of wear depends on your driving style. This being said, it is imperative to have them inspected by experienced technicians who will perform necessary repairs to bring your auto brakes up to par.
Do my auto brakes need repair?
In order to know if your auto brakes need repair, you need to be aware of typical signs of wear. Here are some examples:
- You feel a vibration or you hear an odd sound when you brake.
- You feel increased resistance in the brake pedal.
- You feel decreased resistance in the brake pedal.
- The brake pedal touches the floor.
- The brake system seems to be overheating.
- You feel a difference in the way the brake pedal responds to pressure.
- It is increasingly difficult to immobilize the vehicle.
Ideally, your auto brakes should be checked by a mechanic every 20,000 km or every two years.
What do auto brake repairs entail?
Mécanobec repairs disc brakes and drum brakes. Both systems use a different mechanism and therefore require specific repairs. Through a multiple-point inspection, our team can identify and repair problem areas. We check brake fluid levels, brake linings, break pad thickness, discs, etc.
Some vehicles are equipped with an alert system which detects when the brake pads are too worn out. As for vehicles that do not have such a system in place, our mechanics do a visual inspection. This type of inspection requires the wheels to be removed, and is typically performed free of charge by our technicians during tire changes. Our team provides you with an assessment of your brakes’ condition and degree of wear when you bring your vehicle in for a winter or summer tire change.