Every vehicle is made up of a complex network of components working in harmony with each other – at least most of the time! Sometimes, wear and tear, an unexpected fault or damage sustained in an accident leads to this harmony being disrupted. When this happens, our garage in Stevenage is on hand to provide fast and accurate diagnostic checks, and to perform the appropriate car repairs using quality OEM replacement parts.
In a nutshell, our mission is to get you back on the road safely and as soon as possible.
One of the most problematic systems to experience a fault is your braking. If the brakes aren’t operating at full functionality, your stopping distances in all conditions (especially on wet and icy roads) could be hampered. This can easily lead to a nasty collision and serious injury. In this blog post, we look at the most common signs that signal brake trouble.
If you notice any of them, visit S. Keene Autos in Stevenage for diagnostic services and car repairs.
Squealing – Have you noticed a high-pitched squealing noise that starts while you’re in motion, but which only finishes when you step on the brakes? This is usually your brake wear indicators telling you that it is time for a pad change. This a quick and cheap fix, and one that should be handled before further damage occurs to the rotor. If the rotor damages, this will result in the need for more extensive (and expensive) car repairs at our Stevenage garage.
Grinding – Can you hear a grinding sound when you step on the brakes? This can indicate a few different issues. It could be something as simple as a foreign object trapped in the caliper unit, or it may have been a while since you last booked in for car servicing (which we offer to motorists in Stevenage and Hertfordshire). It can also signal a lack of lubrication in the rear drum brake, or that the brake shoe has corroded.
Wobbling & Vibration – Does your steering wheel shake or vibrate when you are braking? This can be caused by an uneven rotor. As a component, the rotor needs to be smooth and even in thickness so that interactions with your brake pads stay efficient. Wear and tear cause the rotor to become uneven, and it can also rust due to related issues with your bodywork. Dealing With this issue is reasonably straightforward as far as car repairs go.
Another cause of this issue can be a faulty brake caliper which isn’t releasing correctly, possibly due to heat or debris from the road. Incorrect lug nut installations can also lead to poor braking.
Leaks – Is your brake pedal feeling soft underfoot? If it is, your system may have sprung a leak. Your brake fluid reservoir needs to be topped up to create sufficient hydraulic pressure when your foot pushes down on the pedal. Our Stevenage mechanics can find the cause of the leak, patch it up, and then top up your brake fluid to restore optimal functionality.
These aren’t the only symptoms that can warn you of imminent or ongoing brake trouble. Keep an eye out for the following issues too:
We work on any make or model but, for those in need of Italian car repairs, S. Keene Autos is a genuine Fiat 500 specialist.