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Some problems with your braking system are pretty obvious, others may require some extra attention. If you notice any of the following warnings, contact us or stop by the shop for your FREE Brake Inspection and FREE Estimate.
Q: How long do brake pads and rotors last?
A: It’s normal for brake pads to wear down, how fast it happens depends on the vehicle and how it’s used. If it’s mainly driven in town through a lot of stop and go traffic, the vehicle’s brake pads may wear down faster. Vehicles that constantly carry heavy loads will also need to change its breaks sooner.
Q: How long can I wait before changing the brake fluid in my car?
A: There isn’t a cut and dry answer to this question. You’ll need to consult your owner’s manual for maintenance instructions that are specific to your vehicle. As a general rule of thumb, most manufacture recommend the brake fluid be changed every two years. Still, this will vary based on the condition of your individual vehicle.
If there’s too much copper in your fluid, it will need to be changed sooner. The best thing for you to do is to bring your vehicle to us for a FREE Brake Inspection to be sure.
Q: Why does my car shake when I apply the brakes?
A: This is likely due to a problem with your car’s rotors. A FREE Brake Inspection with one of our technicians will be able to tell you for sure.
Q: Why do I have to change my brake fluid?
A: This is completely up to your discretion but be aware of the consequences of neglecting to change the brake fluid. In the event that copper begins to build up in your fluid, it breaks down the additives in your brake fluid and may lead to erosion. It could also trigger damage to your ABS system. The expense of that bill could be easily avoided by having the brake fluid in your vehicle changed as necessary.
Q: I can feel my car dragging to one side when I apply the brakes, why does this happen?
A: There could be a few different causes for this problem. Pulling to one side could mean you have a mechanical problem, an issue with steering or chassis, or hydraulic brake problem.
These are a few basic scenarios we see quite often but there are plenty of options that could apply to your situation. Contact American Automotive of Fremont to learn how we can help you.