The brake pads make up just one of several different components of the entire braking system, which also includes:
- Brake Lines
- Brake Fluid
- ABS (Antilock Braking System) Sensors
Over time, these parts and components do wear out and will need to replaced, repaired, or serviced. Most modern vehicles have several early detection options to let you know when you should replace your brake pads .
- High-Pitched Whining Sound – Most brake pads have wear sensors on them, and this whining or screeching sound starts to be heard when the pad has reached the point it needs to be replaced.
- Soft, Squishy Brakes – If you notice you are having to press harder on the brake pedal, and it goes almost to the floor, something is wrong with the braking system and it needs to be serviced.
- Metal-on-Metal Grinding – If you ignored the sound the brake pad sensor was making, eventually all the pad is worn off the brake and now you will hear metal-on-metal grinding as you stop. At this point, you are causing damage to the rotors, too.
- Vibrating Brake Pedal – If the brake pedal vibrates and the ABS is not active, there is a problem with the braking system.
- Pulling – If the vehicle pulls to the left or right when you stop, this could indicate the rotor and brake pads are not contacting evenly and the brakes should be inspected.
If you notice any of the above symptoms, it is best to bring your vehicle into Tire Pirates for a brake inspection. Feel free to stop by one of our Calgary locations in the Foothills and Chinook areas or call us at (403) 907-0394 or (403) 907-0431 today!
Imagine a situation that nobody wants to be in: you’re driving down the road when all of a sudden something feels off about your tires. Is the pressure low? Do you have a flat? Was there a blowout? You know that you need to get it checked, but do you really need brand new tires to fix the problem?
If you need tire repair in Calgary , it is much more efficient and cost-effective to visit tire experts before being sold on replacing an entire set. Luckily, a barely-used tire usually does not have to be replaced when it is damaged. Minor issues, such as nail caught in a tire, can often be repaired without the need to replace the tire.
Issues such as tread wear, exposure to heat and even some punctures, are often the signal that tire placement is needed. Often these are the result of time and length of usage that factor into the need for tire replacement.
The variable weather in Calgary does have a role in the overall wear and tear on your tires. Warm weather makes the air in your tires expand, while cold weather makes it contract. This is why it is essential to keep your tires at their recommended air pressure during different times of the year. Tire pressure that is not at the level it should be can make your tires more susceptible to flats or punctures.
However, this does not mean that they need to be replaced right away if something does happen. Only an expert in tire repair in Calgary should make the determination if your tires are unsafe for your vehicle and need to be replaced. If you are ever in need of tire service in Chinook or Foothills, Tire Pirates has you covered.