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Providing Saint Louis car owners with quality automotive services and repairs since 1980

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Carsmart Auto Service Car Care News and Information: Brake Noise

Your brake pads are the important parts that rub against the rotor (or disc) to slow and stop your auto. They eventually wear down.

When your pads are worn too much, they won’t stop your vehicle as well. When the friction material is worn away, metal parts of the pad are exposed and you’ll hear a squeal or grinding sound.

That’s when Marlborough auto owners should replace their brake pads. Not only will new pads restore your stopping power, but replacing them on time will prevent damage to the rotor.

If your brakes are making noise, ask your Carsmart Auto Service service specialist to survey your brakes. Addressing problems early will restore your safety and prevent expensive brake damage.

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314.968.9496
7921 Watson Road
Marlborough, MO 63119

Braking News: Keep Your Stopping Power

Richard Petty once told AutoNetTV, “You’ve gotta have good brakes. If you’ve got good brakes you can keep yourself out of a lotta trouble.”

That’s why a regular brake inspection is on every Marlborough driver’s maintenance schedule. An inspection at Carsmart Auto Service will check your brake system and let you know if there are any problems.

Of course, if you’re having trouble with your brakes, get your car into Carsmart Auto Service in Marlborough right away. Here are some important symptoms for Marlborough motorists to watch for:

  • Low or spongy brake pedal
  • Hard brake pedal
  • A brake warning light that stays on
  • Constantly squealing or grinding brakes
  • Vibrations or clunking sounds when you apply your brakes

If you are experiencing any of these, it’s time to get your brakes checked. To to your courteous Carsmart Auto Service technician.

There are two types of brakes: disc and drum. Disc brakes have a rotor that’s attached to the axle. Calipers straddle the rotor, kind of like the brakes on a bicycle.

Drum brakes are most common on back wheels. Both types have pads or shoes that press against the brakes and slow the vehicle. Brake pads and shoes are made out of very tough material to withstand the heat and force generated when stopping your pickup . Eventually, they wear out with use, and become too thin and need to be replaced at Carsmart Auto Service

If the brake pads wear away completely, you can damage the rotors. The calipers can grind grooves in the rotor. Then the rotor must either be resurfaced or replaced. That’s not only expensive, but also dangerous because your vehicle won’t stop as quickly. Sometimes rotors warp or crack and must be replaced.

Carsmart Auto Service brake service will also include a check of your brake fluid. When the brakes are applied, the pressure in the fluid activates the brake pads or shoes. Not enough fluid means not enough pressure to brake properly. Also, water builds up in the brake fluid over time, which leads to corrosion, leaks and brake damage, and with hard use, the brakes could severely fade or even fail. Marlborough drivers should change the brake fluid when their auto manufacturer recommends to avoid these problems.

There are different grades of brake pads sold in Marlborough; good, better and best. Higher grades cost more, but give better braking performance and smoother operation. It’s OK to upgrade your brake pads. But, never use a grade that’s lower than what the auto maker recommends. 

So, be sure to properly maintain your brakes, because it’s a lot less expensive than paying your Marlborough body shop after an accident.

Come in to Carsmart Auto Service for an brake inspection before damage occurs. You can call ahead for an appointment by calling 314.968.9496.