BRAKES & BRAKE REPAIR




Brakes may be the most important system in your entire vehicle - a miracle of engineering that prevents a 4000-pound car from crashing into the side of a building ... or another car. Slowing down or stopping a moving object of that weight takes a lot of force, much more than our little bodies and right feet can generate. It involves physics, and processes like energy, gravity, friction, and hydraulics (a fancy word for moving a liquid around to do the work).

Your brakes will give you lots of audible and palpable feedback about their condition, so they will let you know when it's time to replace them. Give Lambert Tire Co. a call at 770-832-9465 or stop by our shop in Carrollton if you think your brakes are telling you something.

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Brake Hoses
A brake hose is a tube carrying pressurized brake fluid from the master cylinder to the brakes. A crushed hose can cause a lagged or slow brake, and a leak in the hose can cause the brake, or the entire brake system, to fail. These don't need to be replaced often, but should be replaced at the first sign of cracking or wear.

Brake Pad & Shoe Replacement
Brake pad problems can usually be identified by squealing brakes. If your brake pads deteriorate completely, you'll hear a grinding metal-on-metal sound when braking, meaning that it's too late and you're ruining your rotors or drums! Those with knowledge of auto repair may be able to fix this at home, but you should always see an auto repair professional immediately if you have brake problems.

Caliper Replacement
The brake caliper houses your brake pads and fits around the rotor like a clamp, pressing the pads against the rotor when you brake. A brake caliper problem could cause uneven braking, making your car slide forward when you brake. Uneven braking can also cause your vehicle to slide out of control in bad weather conditions, so contact Lambert Tire Co. as soon as possible.

Resurface Rotors
In a disc brake system, rotors are attached to your vehicle's wheels. When the brake pads grip the rotor, they bring both the rotor and wheels to a stop. However, the friction causes grooves and cracks to appear over time. Resurfacing brings the rotor back to a "like-new" condition, reducing squealing and wobbling. Lambert Tire Co. will give your rotors a thorough inspection and recommend your best course of action.

Common Questions About Brakes

Turning vs Replacing Rotors

You may have heard the term machining or turning rotors tossed around,but when it comes to rotors, most places don't "turn" them anymore (but Lambert Tire Co. does). As with so many modern parts and appliances, the cost of a new rotor has become less than the cost of the labor involved in machining one. Drums can also be machined, but they've become just as cheap to buy new.

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Why are my brakes squealing?

A squealing noise is an intentional indicator that brake pads need to be replaced. Brake pads come with metal indicator attachments that rub on the rotor when the pad material is worn down to 3 millimeters; this rubbing is what causes the squealing noise. Most luxury cars use an electrical indicator in place of the metal attachment; instead of a squealing noise, a dashboard light will appear when brake pads are low.

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Why are my brakes grinding?
Grinding is caused by worn brake pads and rotors. If you let that grinding go on too long and the brake pad material wears away entirely, the brake pad backing will be rubbing against the metal rotor, causing grinding that sounds like a metal chain being dragged against concrete.

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Why is my car pulling during braking?
If you feel the car pull or jerk to one side as you brake, one of your calipers may not be releasing the brake pad from the rotor. Your caliper or your brake hose may need replacing, or you may have a suspension or steering issue.

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My brake light is on! What do I do?
The reason the brake light is on is that there is no or low brake fluid. This indicator is the result of a brake fluid leak, or an urgent need to replace one or more parts of the brake system. If your brake light comes on while you are driving, pull over and check the brake fluid reservoir. If there is fluid in the reservoir, drive your car to a mechanic; if there is no fluid in the reservoir, get the car towed.

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My brakes feel spongy! What do I do?
If your brake pedal feels spongy when you press on it, there is air in your brake fluid, and the system needs to be bled.

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What does a low, soft, or sinking brake pedal mean?
The brake fluid is low, brake pads or shoes may need replacing, drum brakes may need adjusting, or a brake fluid exchange is needed. If you have low brake fluid or your brake pads are worn down to 3 millimeters or less, the pedal will be soft, or easy to push, and you won't feel resistance (the brake pads clamping down on the rotors) until the pedal is almost to the floor. The half-second delay can translate into a collision.

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Why do my brakes self-apply?
If the brakes engage as you stepped on the pedal when you didn't, you most likely have an issue with your master cylinder.

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I have a problem with hard braking.
If you press on the brake pedal and it won't push down at all, even when you use both feet and all your weight, your brake booster is failing and will need to be replaced.

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