Quality Brake Repair & Maintenance Services in Tualatin, OR
Serving Tualatin, Tigard, Lake Oswego, Beaverton, Wilsonville, Sherwood, West Linn, & Beyond.
When It’s Time for a Brake Service
Good brakes are obviously very important. If you’ve ever had brake failure while driving, you’ll know how terrifying it can be. This page focuses on how to tell when you have a brake problem, how to make good brake repair choices, and understanding when it’s time to take it into your local Tualatin brake repair shop.
Are your brakes making noises?
Often, the first indication that something’s wrong with the brakes is an unusual sound. It could be a squeal, chattering, or grinding sound. Some brake pads have a little piece of metal embedded in them that will make a squeal or chirping sound when the brake pads have been worn down to the point that they need to be replaced. It’s an early warning indicator. When you hear that sound, schedule an appointment at J.C. Motors for brake service or repair soon.
Are your brakes making a chattering sound?
Now your brakes making a chattering sound is more urgent. That usually indicates that something is loose. It could be a brake pad or even the brake calipers. If one of those parts falls off, you could have some serious trouble stopping the vehicle. If you’re hearing a chattering noise, it would be a good idea to park your vehicle until you can get into the brake repair shop.
Are your brakes making a grinding noise?
A grinding noise coming from your brakes usually means that the brake pad is completely worn away and the metal parts of the brake are rubbing directly on the metal rotor. That means the brake rotor is being damaged and will need some repair work. More on that later.
Does your brake pedal feel soft and spongy?
Another warning sign is that your brake pedal may feel soft and spongy – or it may even feel very hard to push in. Both could mean trouble. And of course, you may get a dashboard brake warning light.
Brake Repair Service for Brake Pads
Now when it comes time to replace your brake pads, you’ll have to make a choice on which brake pads you want for your car:
- Standard Brake Pads
- Budget Brake Pads
- Premium Brake Pads
STANDARD BRAKE PADS. You can get the same brake pads that came standard on your vehicle. You can expect the same performance and durability as the factory brake pads that originally came on the car.
BUDGET BRAKE PADS. You can also get a more budget-friendly brake pad at a cheaper price. Sometimes drivers insist on lower-cost pads. That’s OK if the budget demands it, but you need to be aware of the trade-offs. Lower-grade brake pads are usually noisier, so you’ll have to live with more noise when you apply the brakes. They also tend to generate a lot more brake dust – you know, that dust that accumulates on your wheels. And they probably won’t last as long either. In our opinion, that’s a lot of compromise for just a few dollars in savings.
PREMIUM BRAKE PADS. You can also choose to get premium brake pads at J.C. Motors. These perform at higher specifications than the factory brake pads. You can expect quieter operation, less brake dust, and better-stopping power.
Brake Repair Service for Brake Rotors
Now, getting back to the brake rotors. The rotors are the discs that the brake pads clamp down onto to stop the vehicle. If you’ve been driving with completely worn brake pads, you’ve scratched grooves into the rotors.
BRAKE ROTOR RESURFACING. If the grooves aren’t too deep, the brake rotor can be resurfaced. A thin layer of metal is cut off the surface of the brake rotor to make it smooth again.
BRAKE ROTOR REPLACEMENT. Now, if the grooves are too deep or if the rotor has already been resurfaced before, there may not be enough material to resurface and still have a rotor that’s thick enough to safely stop the vehicle. In that case, the rotor will have to be replaced.
Brake Fluid Flush
Something that’s often overlooked in routine vehicle maintenance is the brake fluid. Your vehicle’s manufacture has a recommended schedule for evacuating the old brake fluid, cleaning the system, and refilling it with fresh brake fluid. This is really important to brake performance.
Schedule Your Appointment Today!
So here’s the bottom line: if you suspect, inspect. If you notice any of these warning signs, have your brakes inspected at J.C. Motors in Tualatin. Your service adviser can help you understand the brake repair service that’s right for you. Our auto repair shop proudly serves customers in Tualatin, Tigard, Lake Oswego, Beaverton, Sherwood, Wilsonville, West Linn, and the surrounding areas. Contact us today to schedule your brake service inspection or give us a call at (503) 692-2817.
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