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Brake Repair in Oak Ridge, TN
Automotive Brakes must be examined a minimum of once a year for the safety of your car. Maintaining your car's brakes is one of the most important measures you can take. You need the self-confidence of knowing that your brakes are in proper working order and, your car is coming to a stop. Free Service Tire offers quality brake repair in Oak Ridge, TN.
What you need to know about brake repairs
The friction material of brake pads wears down very slowly. It can take 40-60,000 miles for a set of quality brake pads to wear to a point where they need to be replaced. Still, your brakes should be inspected at least twice a year or so.
Think for a moment about the hand brakes on a bicycle; when you squeeze the brake lever, a control cable pulls on the brake caliper and the rubber pads drag on the bicycle rim to slow you down. Disc brakes on a car work on much the same principle. The wheels are bolted to smooth steel rotors (or discs), with a caliper clamped to the rotor. When you step on the brake pedal, hydraulic pressure forces the brake pads against the surface of the rotor, slowing the car down via friction.
If you are noticing any of these symptoms, chances are you’re due for brake repair soon:
- Vehicle pulls to one side while braking
- Pulsation or vibration through steering wheel or brake pedal while braking
- Brake pedal slowly goes to floor while stopped and holding vehicle in gear
- One or more wheels tends to lock up and skid while braking
- Piercing squeal, groaning sound or metallic grinding while braking
- Longer stopping distances
- Brake pedal goes farther toward floor before brakes engage
- Brake pedal seems “soft” or “spongy” underfoot
Make no mistake: there’s not a single piece of equipment on your vehicle that’s more crucial to your safety (and that of everyone else on the road) than your brakes. Putting off brake repair can not only result in an unsafe vehicle, but it can cost you a lot more money if your brakes wear to a point where the steel backing plates for the brake pads are exposed. That’s when you hear the metallic grinding mentioned above – it means your rotors are being ruined by the pads’ backing plates!
Get quality brake repairs at Free Service Tire Company
Don’t take chances with your brakes, and don’t put off brake service. It’s not worth it! Make an appointment with us at Free Service Tire Company in Oak Ridge, TN for reliable and safe brake repair on your vehicle.