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Angela's Articulate Collection of Car Service Secrets, Tips and Tricks

Hi, my name is Angela, and as the wife of a mechanic, I was constantly tripping over car parts and complaining about the rows of project cars lining our garden. However, after a few years, I quit complaining and actually found joy in the art of auto repair. Inspired by that classic book, "Zen and the Art of Motorcycle Maintenance", I decided to start working on cars with my husband. This blog is the culmination of everything I have learned and more. I hope you enjoy reading it and that my tips and ideas guide you toward a healthier car and a happier, safer driving experience.


Angela's Articulate Collection of Car Service Secrets, Tips and Tricks

Four Ways Mechanics Can Help You With Braking Issues

by Keith Simpson

Brake problems can be a serious issue, especially if you're driving on the freeway and have to stop quickly. It's important to get your brakes checked regularly so that you can avoid any issues down the road. Here are four ways mechanics can help you with brake problems.

1. Mechanics Can Perform A Brake Pad Inspection

The brake pads are designed to stop the car when you press down on the pedal. The brake pads wear out over time and need replacement when they get thin enough to no longer provide adequate stopping power. Mechanics will inspect your vehicle's brake pads to make sure they're in good condition and functioning properly. They'll also look for leaks or problems that could cause damage to other parts of your vehicle.

2. Mechanics Can Help By Measuring Your Car's Brake Torque

The torque of your car's brakes is measured by how much pressure gets applied to your wheels when you press down on them at speed from a standstill position. This measurement determines how quickly your tires will begin to slow down when you step on the pedal, which means that if your torque needs adjusting, your car won't stop as quickly or effectively. Mechanics will be able to tell whether your brakes need adjusting by measuring the torque during a brake test at their shop.

3. Mechanics Can Diagnose Other Issues That Cause Braking Problems

If there's another issue causing your brake problems, mechanics can diagnose those issues as well. For example, if you notice that it takes longer than usual for your car to start up after it sits overnight, this could be a sign of battery problems or alternator issues that affect the power supply for your brakes and other electrical equipment inside your car. A mechanic can test these components and make sure they're working properly before replacing any worn-out parts inside the engine compartment that could lead to more serious problems.

4. Mechanics Can Help By Repairing Brake Rotors 

Brakes work by using friction between two surfaces — usually rotors and brake pads — to slow down or stop a vehicle. Over time, this friction can wear away at the rotor until it needs repairing or replacing. If your mechanic notices damage or corrosion on your rotors, then they may recommend repairing them instead of replacing them outright so that they last longer before needing repair again.

Mechanics can help you with brake problems at any time, including before roadworthy inspections. Chat with a mechanic today about brake repair and how they can help you keep your vehicle safe and roadworthy. For more information, contact a mechanic near you.