The Importance of Choosing a Good mechanic for Brakes & Suspension Repair
Most drivers wonder about their vehicle’s suspension when the ride
gets rough. But that bounce and squeak isn’t the only way a bad
suspension can spoil your ride.
Does your car lean into turns a little a little too forcefully? Does
the back of your vehicle drag when you accelerate? Does the front take
a noticeable nosedive when you brake?
With a damaged suspension, it feels like you’ve lost a little bit of
your control over your vehicle. Listen to that instinct – the lean,
the drag, and the nosedive are warnings of heightened rollover risk
and increased stop time.
How do you know if your suspension is damaged?
A bad suspension leaves visible signs if you know where to look, but
the change in your vehicle’s handling will probably catch your
Signs of a damaged suspension that you can see and hear:
One corner of your vehicle sits lower than the others. Suspect a broken spring.
Your vehicle fails the “bounce test”: Lean your body weight on the
front of your parked vehicle and then move away quickly. If the
vehicle bounces more than twice, suspect a problem with your shocks
Your tire treads develop a specific, uneven wear pattern called “cupping.”
You see oil, grease, or obvious wear on your shocks or struts.
You hear squeaking, especially when turning or braking.
Here are several symptoms of a damaged suspension that you can feel as
Your ride feels rougher than usual.
Your car leans forward, backward, or toward one side as you brake.
Your vehicle pulls or drifts, especially around turns. The prime
suspect: bad shock absorbers.
Your vehicle pulls or drifts while driving straight. The cause could
be your suspension – or your steering, your tires, or your brakes.
Rule out uneven tire pressure, then see a mechanic.
Here’s a tip that just may save you a trip to Martinez & Sons. (We
won’t take it personally.) Some signs of steering and suspension
problems are really brake and tire problems in disguise. So, at the
first sign of trouble, check your tire pressure and tread wear. Your
suspension is designed to work with four correctly-inflated tires,
ideally of the same age and tread life. If optimal tire pressure
doesn’t fix the problem, make your diagnostic appointment.
Brake service maintenance for the entire braking system and brake
problems, such as brake pads, brake fluid, and rotors, are important
in helping ensure the safety of you and your passengers in your car,
truck or other automobile with brake issues. There are a number of
signs that indicate your brakes need attention and you want to give
them the best attention there is. All brake repairs and brake shops
are not the same and at Martinez & Sons, we know stellar service
doesn’t have to exclude cost-effective solutions, whether it’s new
anti-lock brakes or an older model. Brake repair, replacement and
inspections all may be necessary, and where to get your brake pads
replaced can have significant consequences on the value of your car.
If your brakes are making a squealing sound or you hear grinding when
your car comes to a stop, these may be signs that you need brake
service immediately. Consult a certified technician near you for a
brake inspection any time you notice any irregularities in your car’s
braking performance. An auto shop or service center with the best
brake service should be able to provide you with a reasonable estimate
on hours and time.
Brake Concerns: Signs That Your Vehicle Needs a Brake Repair
There are common brake problems with common, well-known signs, such as
a shaky steering wheel or a squeaky sound and we’ve all been there and
know that’s an indicator for checking your brakes. However, there are
many other - probably less obvious - signs your brakes may be showing
which you don’t want to ignore.
Get a brake service inspection if:
The brake pedal seems to be spongy or presses farther to the floor than usual
Your vehicle pulls to the right or left when you brake
Unusual noises or vibrations occur during braking
You have grinding, squeaking or squealing brakes
Your steering wheel is shaking
Your car is wobbling or pulsating when you drive at highway speeds
It’s been over a year or 12,000 miles since the last time your brakes
You’re near or past the number of miles your vehicle’s manufacturer
recommends between brake fluid exchanges
The brake warning light on your dashboard comes on and stays on
Your vehicle requires longer distances to stop than it used to
The brake pedal responds slowly
The brake pedal requires excess pressure
Many brake pads today have a built-in metal component that creates a
slight squeal. The squeal increases in volume over time to alert you
of the need for service. If you begin to hear a loud squeal, make sure
to bring your vehicle to your local Martinez & Sons for a full,
Brake Assessment: Understanding Brake Parts & Brake Inspection
One thing you can do as a vehicle owner is better understand the
different moving parts that make up your brake system. When you press
your brake pedal the brake pads create friction; in turn, the brake
rotor disperses heat throughout the vehicle to keep the brakes
themselves from overheating. Both are essential to the proper
functioning of your braking system. And both need proper inspection
when servicing your brakes.
brake parts assessment and inspection
At Martinez & Sons, we offer and recommend a full, 23-point inspection
that includes a comprehensive vehicle check, from brake function,
belts, hoses and filters to suspensions, struts and shocks, motor
mounts and fuel filters. Our brake assessment, however, will include:
Brake function - measurement of pads thickness
Fluids - inspection of brake fluid levels and leaks
Rotors / drums - determining if resurfacing or replacement is needed
Wheel cylinders - check wheel cylinders for function
Brake hardware - inspect hardware for wear and tear
Brake hoses - problems with the hoses are common and need regular
checking as they can wear out
Why Get A Brake Assessment?
Get your vehicle inspected by a certified technician to properly
identify the issues affecting your braking system
Get an estimate of what the necessary work will cost based on the
individual problems of your brakes
Get an outline of the work ahead, time estimates and parts needed
Get recommendations and options on the best parts for your particular vehicle
Brake Service: Repair & Replacement of Brake Components
Brakes are designed to wear out. The pads rub on the brake disk to
stop your car, so worn pads are the first part to check if you are
experiencing any braking problems. A full inspection though will show
underlying problems, as well as what can be repaired and what needs
replaced. Brake pad replacement is the most common repair job for
automotive brake systems.
brake pad replacement by Martinez & Sons
What will my brake service include?
Since brake pads are only one possible problem with a brake system,
there are other items to be included in a brake service. Depending on
the results of the braking system evaluation, your vehicle brake
service may include:
Brake pads replacement
Brake rotors / drums resurfaced
Brake fluid flush & replacement
Brake caliper & rotor re-alignment
Brake caliper replacement
Brake hose replacement
Brake master cylinder replacement
Brake Service Specials
Brakes keep you and your family safe. Brake parts and brake services
are not what you want to skip on. But we understand the importance of
reducing expenses and we aim to offer cost-effective solutions that
provide leading services as well.