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Category Archives: Brakes

My vehicle vibrates when braking! Help!

My vehicle vibrates when braking! Help!

Ever wondered what is happening when your car vibrates when you hit the brakes?  When you operate your brakes it creates an immense amount of heat in the brake rotor.  This heat can cause the metal to warp especially after hitting a puddle with some cold water in it after the brakes are already hot.  When the metal warps it can cause uneven contact between the brake pad and the brake rotor.  This is felt  in the steering wheel if it is your front brakes and the body of the vehicle if it is your rear brakes only when the brakes are applied

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Why are my brakes squealing?

Why are my brakes squealing?

There are many causes for brakes to squeal.  We will cover the three most common in this article.   The number one cause of brake squealing is worn brakes.  The brake pads of today come with a small piece of metal that hangs off the side of the pad which is designed to squeal whenever your brakes are thin enough to need replacement.  It is a nice design feature that allows you to change your pads before any damage occurs to the brake rotor.   The second most common cause of brake squealing is poorly designed cheap brake pads.  These "economy priced" pads are made of cheaper material that creates more heat and vibrates across the rotor causing a loud squealing noise.   The third most common cause of brake squealing is glazed brake rotors.  When braking, the brake system will build up immense amounts of heat that cause the surface of the brake rotor to become very slick.  This slick surface will cause even the best of brake pad ... read more

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