3rd Kind Customz   14522 Auto Park Way C Houston,TX77083   (281) 495-1352
3rd Kind Customz
14522 Auto Park Way C
HoustonTX 77083
 (281) 495-1352

Everything You Need to Know About Your Brakes

Everything You Need to Know About Your Brakes

Your brakes are arguably the most important component of your car. After all, it is the brakes that can make a difference between getting into an accident and stopping promptly. Because of their importance, it is crucial that you keep your brakes in top working order at all times. Unfortunately, brake repair is an area of automotive maintenance that many car owners often overlook until something is seriously wrong. Here's what you need to know to stay safe:

How Brakes Work

Your brakes have several components that must all be working together properly in order to stop your car. When you step on the brake pedal, the brake pads and calipers clamp down on the rotors. The pressure that they apply to the rotors causes them to slow down, ultimately bringing your vehicle to a stop. When you apply the brakes, the friction between the brake pads, calipers and rotors generate a lot of heat, which the rotors disperse to prevent the system from overheating. If any of the three components are not working properly, your system may be compromised and your stopping ability reduced. Also, improperly working parts can contribute to further damage to the braking system.

Warning Signs That Something is Wrong

When your brakes aren't working properly, you may notice any of the following symptoms:

  • Squealing
  • Metallic grinding
  • Vibrations in the brake pedal, steering wheel or seats
  • Vehicle pulling to one side while braking

If you notice any of these signs or if you are worried that your car is not slowing as quickly as it used to, head to an auto body shop right away to have your brakes checked. Even if nothing is wrong, it is better to be safe than sorry when it comes to your safety.

When your brakes aren't working properly, you may notice any of the following symptoms:  Squealing Metallic grinding Vibrations in the brake pedal, steering wheel or seats Vehicle pulling to one side while braking

Ongoing Brake Care

After you have had your brakes repaired or replaced, you'll want to do everything you can to extend their lives as long as possible. Brakes can be expensive to fix, so you don't want to have to do it any more than is necessary. With a few precautions while driving, you can substantially prolong the useful life of your brakes. In preparation to slow down, try to coast to a lower speed for as long as possible before applying the brakes. The slower you are going when you step on that pedal, the less wear and tear there will be. Of course, if traffic stops suddenly, don't hesitate to hit the brakes!

When you are in need of brake repair or just a general check-up, there's no better place in Houston than 3rd Kind Customz. We will do everything we can to keep your brakes working smoothly over the years. Get in touch with us today to schedule an appointment, or just stop on by our auto body shop whenever is convenient for you. We're always happy to help.