Because brakes are your vehicle’s most critical safety system, it is important that you follow all maintenance and brake repair recommendations.  This will help to ensure that you are operating your vehicle as safe as possible with fully functioning brakes.  This is especially important while traveling on winter’s wet and icy roads. Unfortunately, some drivers don’t think much about the performance of their brakes until they notice stopping problems.  Before heading down the road, you want to be confident that your vehicle will come to a complete and precise stop as needed. 

Here is a simple quiz that will help you determine the condition of your brakes—good or bad.  Take a short drive and pay attention to how your brakes perform when you apply pressure on the brake pedal, and then answer the questions below:

  • Do you keep traveling when you want to stop? Your brakes may need an adjustment, or possibly new linings.
  • Does your car pull to one side or the other when driving on a straight road? A stuck caliper and fluid leak can cause this problem on vehicles with front discs.
  • Does the pedal pulsate when you step on it? Your brakes may have overheated from overuse.
  • Does the steering wheel shake when you step on the brake pedal? The front discs may need to be professionally machined or replaced.
  • Is there a squealing sound when you step on the brakes? The linings may be worn and need to be replaced; the drum or disc may need to be machined; the front disc pads may be loose; the hardware that attaches the calipers is worn; or the brake linings are of an inferior quality. 
  • Do you hear a grinding noise when stepping on the brake pedal? Grinding brakes are caused by excessively worn linings, allowing the metal part of the pad or shoe to come in contact with the disc or drum.  This can quickly ruin the most expensive mechanical parts of the brake system, the discs and drums.  Stop driving immediately and have your vehicle towed to an auto shop.
  • Does your vehicle bounce up and down when stopping? The shock absorbers may need to be replaced.

Looking for quality brake repair? Contact our ASE Certified technicians at Big Lakes Automotive today for more information about brake service and to schedule an appointment. We specialize in auto repair services on all makes and models of domestic and imported vehicles, using the latest technology and offering a leading warranty.  Our auto shop proudly serves the residents of Big Lake, MN and surrounding areas.

Facing any vehicle's stopping problem? Be sure to schedule your brake repair now to keep safe on the road. Quality Brakes is vital for your safety.
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2015

Because brakes are your vehicle’s most critical safety system, it is important that you follow all maintenance and brake repair recommendations.  This will help to ensure that you are operating your vehicle as safe as possible with fully functioning brakes.  This is especially important while traveling on winter’s wet and icy roads. Unfortunately, some drivers don’t think much about the performance of their brakes until they notice stopping problems.  Before heading down the road, you want to be confident that your vehicle will come to a complete and precise stop as needed. 

Here is a simple quiz that will help you determine the condition of your brakes—good or bad.  Take a short drive and pay attention to how your brakes perform when you apply pressure on the brake pedal, and then answer the questions below:

  • Do you keep traveling when you want to stop? Your brakes may need an adjustment, or possibly new linings.
  • Does your car pull to one side or the other when driving on a straight road? A stuck caliper and fluid leak can cause this problem on vehicles with front discs.
  • Does the pedal pulsate when you step on it? Your brakes may have overheated from overuse.
  • Does the steering wheel shake when you step on the brake pedal? The front discs may need to be professionally machined or replaced.
  • Is there a squealing sound when you step on the brakes? The linings may be worn and need to be replaced; the drum or disc may need to be machined; the front disc pads may be loose; the hardware that attaches the calipers is worn; or the brake linings are of an inferior quality. 
  • Do you hear a grinding noise when stepping on the brake pedal? Grinding brakes are caused by excessively worn linings, allowing the metal part of the pad or shoe to come in contact with the disc or drum.  This can quickly ruin the most expensive mechanical parts of the brake system, the discs and drums.  Stop driving immediately and have your vehicle towed to an auto shop.
  • Does your vehicle bounce up and down when stopping? The shock absorbers may need to be replaced.

Looking for quality brake repair? Contact our ASE Certified technicians at Big Lakes Automotive today for more information about brake service and to schedule an appointment. We specialize in auto repair services on all makes and models of domestic and imported vehicles, using the latest technology and offering a leading warranty.  Our auto shop proudly serves the residents of Big Lake, MN and surrounding areas.

Bob Lubrecht