The brakes are arguably the most important safety device on your vehicle, therefore it is important for you to inspect them regularly and to look for any obvious signs of damage or wear and tear. Spotting a brake problem before it gets out of hand can save your life and a lot of your hard-earned money too! At K & M Auto Service, we deliver the best brake service Portland has to offer. We have written this helpful guide to teach you how you can inspect your own brakes.
It is easier to inspect the brakes on some cars than it is for others. It depends on whether or not you have to remove the wheel or not to do so. Most cars have spaces in the wheels that allow you to see the brake pads and rotors. You should start by inspecting your brake rotors. The brake rotor is the surface that the brake pads clamp down on in order to stop the wheel. It should be shiny and fairly even all over. If you see any rough patches or pronounced grooves in the brake rotors, then it is probably time to replace them. The next step is to inspect your brake pads, which is the material that actually clamps down on the brake rotors. The pads are located on the upper part of the brake rotor. They are designed to wear down over time, but if they are thinner than about a quarter of an inch you should have them replaced. If you don’t replace worn-down brake pads, it can result in damage to more crucial brake parts. The metal backing on your brake pads will begin making contact with the metal brake rotors, which can cause extensive damage to both. It will also make it harder to bring your vehicle to a stop.
Brake Repair Portland
By Matt Stewart