Since brake jobs are routine aspects of automobile maintenance, many people don’t put much thought into them unless they hear squealing or grinding. This, however, isn’t the best way to look at getting a mechanic to do brakes New Jersey cars need to have maintained. Instead, car owners should have their brakes checked by a shop like Franks Auto Repair & Auto Body Inc on a regular basis so that a grinding noise is never heard at all.
The importance of having a car’s brakes done before they grind cannot be overstated. This is because the rotors or drums on cars made within the last 30 years or so are much thinner than those that were produced for your grandfather’s car. The thinness means that the old practice of “turning” the rotors to get rid of gouges cannot be done. Now, if a rotor gets a groove in it, it has to be replaced. This adds at least a couple of hundred dollars to the job.
Brake rotors end up with grooves in them when the brake pads are allowed to wear down to nothing. This allows the metal backing of the pads to be jammed into the rotor whenever the brake pedal is pressed. The pressure, combined with the spinning wheels, very efficiently cuts a nasty groove into the rotor and ruins it. It can take just one stop on worn-out pads to create enough damage to require rotor replacement.
Ignoring the brakes even longer greatly increases the damage – and what it will cost to fix it. Another thing that is going inside of a grinding brake assembly is increased strain on the wheel cylinders. The farther they have to push the pad assembly to put it in solid contact with the rotors, the more their parts have to stretch. Eventually, the seals will break and start to leak. When that happens, the problem instantly becomes far more expensive and far more dangerous. When enough fluid has leaked out, the brakes will fail outright.
For each thing brakes New Jersey need beyond the pads, you can add another $200-$250, and often, this is per wheel. Therefore, trying to “save money” by not having the brakes checked regularly can turn a $150 job into one that sets you back up to $1,000. With that in mind, you should always say “yes” to a brake inspection so that you can prevent the need for extra parts!