You’ve probably heard the phrase that something is “like money in the bank.” That expression might be applied to your vehicle’s brakes. Addressing issues early can prevent bigger problems later on, saving you money on repair bills. What’s more, you’ll spend less time with your car in the shop. Most importantly, you’ll be protecting yourself and your passengers. All these things add credit to your driving experience when you keep your brakes in good repair by visiting Hawthorne Auto Clinic in Portland, Oregon. Our bank (repair shop) has been open since 1983, and our bankers (ASE certified technicians) are here to help you with any make or model.
Perhaps you’re wondering how you’ll know if your brakes are conducting bad business. There are a few signs to watch for. If you hear squeaking, grinding, or squealing, your auto may have worn brake pads. Once they’re worn to a certain point, metal rubs against metal, causing the noise. A master cylinder problem may present itself through a fluid leak or a “soft” or spongy feeling brake pedal. This component holds brake fluid in reserve until it’s needed to apply hydraulic pressure to the braking components, causing friction and stopping the vehicle. If the master cylinder cracks or becomes otherwise defective, fluid can leak. The result is reduced fluid force and impaired stopping ability. Also, if your brake pedal doesn’t stop where it used to when you depress it, get the system checked. For cars with power brakes, the pedal should stop an inch to an inch and a half from the floor. Similarly, it should stop at least 3 inches from the floor of an automobile with manual brakes. An illuminated brake light on your dash panel could mean it’s time for routine maintenance, or it could signal a larger problem. Our certified technicians can properly assess the situation for you. Rotors, the large metal discs that sit just inside the wheels, should be evenly thick and smooth. If they become warped or uneven, contact between the metal parts is reduced, impeding your braking. Signs of this problem include scraping, vibrating, or wobbling when you brake. If you notice the car pulling to one side during braking, you may need to replace calipers or brake lines. A burning odor may mean you left the emergency brake engaged or that a brake caliper is stuck.
Take interest in your brakes, and they’ll return dividends through safety and savings. When you bring your auto for brake or other repairs at Hawthorne Auto Clinic, you’ll find that we’re customer-focused, taking time to learn about your vehicle and you.