Frequently Asked Questions
The most important safety feature on your vehicle is your brakes. Below are frequently asked questions. The answer to most of these is to bring in your car for a free brake inspection (most vehicles.) Many of our customers are surprised when the inspection results in a free brake adjustment or a diagnosis of no repair needed. At Brake Masters®, we work to earn your trust and business for a lifetime.
How often should I have my brakes checked?
As preventive maintenance, you should have your brakes inspected every six months or every 6,000 miles. The life of your brakes will vary with how you use them.
I was told that I had to buy new rotors or drums because they couldn’t be turned again. What does this mean?
At Brake Masters, we turn (resurface) rotors and drums on a lathe to create smoother braking. This can be done until they have been worn to the manufacturer’s minimum specifications. If they are worn beyond this point, there won’t be sufficient metal to absorb the heat generated by the friction of pads or shoes. It is at this point that the rotors and/or drums need to be replaced.
Why does my car need semi-metallic pads?
Some manufacturer specifications call for semi-metallic or other specified materials for their brake systems. Brake Masters parts meet or exceed manufacturer specifications.
Why does the brake pedal feel harder or softer than normal?
Master cylinder or power booster problems, or leaks in the system may be the cause. Bring in your vehicle for a free brake inspection to determine the cause.
Why is there a vibration/pulsation while applying the brakes?
It may mean that the drums or rotors are warped or that there is excessive pressure on the front brakes.
What is “bleeding” or “flushing” of the brake system, and when should this be done?
Bleeding pushes air out of the brake system. This should be done any time a component in the hydraulic brake system has been replaced. Flushing of the entire hydraulic system is recommended every 2 years or 24,000 miles. This procedure removes moisture (water), sludge, or other contaminants from your system and helps prolong the life of your brake components.
Is it necessary to add brake fluid?
The hydraulic system is sealed. A loss of brake fluid may indicate a leak in the hydraulic system, master cylinder, or wear of the brake pads and/or shoes.
Is it necessary to use the hand brake or emergency brake when I park my car?
This is always advisable when parking on an angled surface. Applying the parking/safety brake also allows your rear brakes to self-adjust to proper alignment.