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Maintain Your European Automobile’s Brakes to Avoid the Following Problems

Automobile manufacturers and service technicians recommend that you have your vehicle’s brakes inspected every 12,000 miles. If you don’t drive 12,000 miles in one year, have the brakes inspected annually. This allows service technicians to make sure the brake system is working as it should be and to make any necessary repairs that are necessary before they become a huge issue. You don’t want to end up without brakes on your European automobile. European Fix advises that regular break maintenance helps avoid the following problems.

ABS/Brake Warning

Your European beauty is likely equipped with two brake warning lights. The ABS light represents the antilock brake system. The Brake light is for the parking brake and brake system. If either of these lights comes on while you are driving or when you are braking, there is a problem with the brake system.

Leaking Brake Fluid

Your European automobile’s brake system can also spring the leak as it ages. Brake fluid can leak out of the brake lines or master cylinder. You will notice spots on your garage floor behind your wheels. Brake fluid is brown or red and extremely slick to the touch.

Overheating Brakes

Brake problems can also manifest in overheating brakes. It’s dangerous to drive your automobile when the brake system is too hot because the system will eventually fail. Signs that your brakes are overheating include squealing noises and a burning odor.

Pulling to the Side

If your vehicle pulls to the side when you apply the brakes, you probably have a stuck caliper. This can be repaired quickly and easily. If the caliper is damaged, we can replace it.

Soft/Spongy Brake Pedal

Regular brake maintenance also ensures that there isn’t any air in the brake lines and that your master cylinder is functioning properly. If you do have air in the brake lines for your master cylinder is failing, you will have a soft, spongy brake pedal that sinks all the way to the floor.

Strange Brake Noises

Inspecting the brakes every 12,000 miles also gives us a chance to measure your brake pad depth. Once the brake pads get too low, they will squeal every time you use your brakes. If the brake pad surface depletes completely, you will hear grinding or scraping sounds when you use the brakes.

European Fix in Clinton Township, MI, can ensure that your European automobile’s brake system always works as it should so you can rely on it every time you get behind the wheel. Call us today to set up an appointment.

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