Buckhead Tire & Auto Repair Blog

How To Check Your Car's Brake Pads

With power brakes, it can be hard to notice when brake pads have worn to a point of needing replacement. Braking performance often doesn’t seem to drop off considerably until the brakes have gotten to a point of actually being dangerous! Here are some ways to get out in front of a problem like worn brakes:Brake Repair in Atlanta, GA

Listen to your brakes. Many brake pads are designed with a spring-steel tab that protrudes from the backing plate and serves as a wear indicator. When the brake pad friction material has worn down to a minimum thickness, the tab will drag on the rotor and create a loud screech. If you hear a metallic grinding noise when you apply the brakes, it means that your pads are worn completely through and the metal backing plate of the pad is in contact with the rotor ...

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You Press The Brake Pedal And...Nothing Happens

It's a nightmare come true...you step on the brakes and the pedal just goes to the floor without even slowing the car down. What do you do? First off, don't panic!Brake Repair in Atlanta GA

  • Let off the gas pedal right away and turn on your emergency flashers, and don't be afraid to flash your lights or lay on the horn to alert other drivers that there's a problem. 
  • Keep trying the brakes...pump the pedal and you might be able to get some hydraulic pressure in the system again. 
  • Shift the transmission into a lower gear and let it and the engine slow the car down. Don't worry about damaging the transmission, it's better than wrecking the car!
  • Carefully apply the parking brake or emergency brake -- it will slow you down, albeit more slowly. Just be wary of locking up the rear ...
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