Brake Repair is More Affordable than Auto Body Repair

You’ve gotta have good brakes. If you’ve got good brakes you can keep yourself out of a lotta trouble. ~Richard Petty

That’s why a regular brake inspection is on every Newport car’s maintenance schedule. An inspection at Steens Master Lube will check your brake system and let you know if there are any problems.

Of course, if you’re having trouble with your brakes, get your car into Steens Master Lube right away. Here are some symptoms to watch for:

  • Low or spongy brake pedal
  • Hard brake pedal
  • A brake warning light that stays on
  • Constantly squealing or grinding brakes
  • Vibrations or clunking sounds when you apply your brakes

If you are experiencing any of these, it’s time to get your brakes checked. Brake repair should be a high priority given any of these symptoms.

There are two types of brakes: disk and drum. Disk brakes have a rotor that’s attached to the axle. Calipers straddle the rotor, kind of like the brakes on a bicycle.

Drum brakes are more common on back wheels. Both types have pads or shoes that press against the brakes and slow the vehicle. Brake pads and shoes are made out of very tough material to withstand the heat and force generated when stopping your car. Eventually, they wear out with use, and become too thin and need brake repair or to be replaced.

If the brake pads wear away completely, you can damage the rotors. The calipers can grind grooves in the rotor. Then the rotor must either be resurfaced or replaced. That’s not only expensive, but also dangerous because your vehicle won’t stop as quickly. Sometimes rotors warp or crack and must be replaced.

Brake Service will also include a check of your brake fluid. When the brakes are applied, the pressure in the fluid actives the brake pads or shoes. Not enough fluid means not enough pressure to brake properly. Also, water builds up in the brake fluid over time, which leads to corrosion, leaks and brake damage, and with hard use, the brakes could severely fade or even fail. You should change the brake fluid when your manufacturer recommends to avoid these problems.

There are different grades of brake pads; good, better and best. Higher grades cost more, but give better braking performance and smoother operation. Typically better brake pads will last longer so it may be worth the extra investment. Your Steens Master Lube mechanic can recommend some different options for you. It’s OK to upgrade your brake pads. But, never use a grade that’s lower than what the manufacturer recommends.

So, be sure to properly maintain your brakes, because it’s a lot cheaper than paying the body shop after an accident.

At Steens Master Lube we install quality NAPA replacement parts. Give us a call at 541-265-6049 and let us help keep you safely and economically on the road by quickly inspecting your brakes and letting you know exactly how they’re working and what will need to be done and when. Come see us at 139 NE Harney St. in Newport, Oregon.

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139 NE Harney St. Newport Oregon 97365 – (541) 265-6049