Auto Repair FAQs


Why does the brake pedal feel softer or harder than normal?

A softer or harder pedal may be caused by a faulty master cylinder or power booster, as well as system leaks or incorrect adjustments.

Why does my brake pedal drop to the floor?
If your brake pedal goes to the floor without any resistance, there may be air in the hydraulic system; fluid leak in master cylinder (past primary cup); hose or line leak in system; or the brakes misadjusted.

How often should I have my brakes checked?
As preventative maintenance, you should have your brakes inspected every five months or 5,000 miles. The life of your brakes will vary with how you use them. Brakes Plus® always offers a FREE Brake check.

I was told that I had to buy new rotors or drums because they couldn’t be turned again. What does this mean?
At Brakes Plus®, 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. At this time the rotors and/or drums will need to be replaced.

What is “bleeding” or “flushing” of the brake system and when should this be done?
Bleeding forces air out of the brake system. This should be done anytime 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.

Why does my car pull to one side?
Usually because of low tire pressure; tire wear; worn front end parts; or incorrect alignment.

Why does my steering wheel vibrate?
Vibration can be caused by: tire wear, wheel balance, and alignment.

When do I know that I may need Shocks or Struts?
You will need to have your shocks and struts checked when you notice a bouncy ride; bottoming out; and tire wear.

What can I do if my vehicle is overheating?
Some things that you should try to cool off your engine are:

  • Turn off the air conditioning and open the windows
  • Turn on the heater, as this will help to remove the heat from the engine
  • Once you are off the road, turn off the vehicle and let it cool off
  • If your vehicle is overheating, you may need to have your anti-freeze and cooling system checked by a certified technician
  • Call Brakes Plus® to schedule an appointment for local auto repair today!
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