When should you replace your brakes, and when is it okay to resurface?
Brake failure is a scary prospect that we hope doesn’t keep you up at night! You always trust that when you put your brake pedal to the floor, your vehicle will slow to a stop. Over time, your brakes wear down, and you may begin to notice that it takes longer to come to a complete stop. Sometimes your brakes will start making a loud or high-pitched squealing noise that tells you they are not working correctly. Some drivers even experience shaking and vibrations, which is your brakes skipping past the rotor when they cannot make contact. In the end, that’s the main issue when your brakes start to wear, and they can’t make contact with the rotor.
The go-to fix is to replace your brake pads to increase the friction. Still, your technician should also tell you about another, more cost-effective solution you can use in between replacing your brakes. Our technicians at Cary Car Care can perform a resurfacing on your rotors to help them hold up their end of the braking system. While your brake pads are wearing down, all that rubber and debris has to go somewhere, and unfortunately, some of it can build up within the rotor. The surface of your rotor will become uneven with the grit, and your brake pads will not be able to make uninterrupted contact with the rotor.
Resurfacing your rotor involves slowly removing the built-up debris that is preventing the brake pad from making contact. This process will increase your braking ability and give you a bit of time before you need to consider changing your brakes. When you come across an auto repair problem, like your brakes becoming less effective, be sure to ask your technician about all possible services. You may be able to save yourself some money and buy some time before a more expensive repair or replacement! Call us at Cary Car Care at 919-380-0040 to schedule an appointment.