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Driving a car in Autumn

Our roadways are filled with dips and curves and downhill stretches that instinctively inform us to slow down our vehicles. There is also no shortage of surprises for which we cannot prepare ourselves in advance. In order to be equipped to slow down at a split-second’s notice, it is important that our brakes are always in good working condition. If your car has displayed any of the following signs, it is most likely time for you to take your car to a body shop for brake servicing.

Reduced Responsiveness

Think back to when you first purchased your car or last had its brakes serviced. Did it feel like just a light tap of the brakes was enough to nearly stop your car in its tracks? If you now have to apply considerable pressure to your brakes before they even seem to kick in and slow your car down, then you are definitely due for a visit to the body shop.

Uneven Braking

When you step on your brake pedal, does your car pull to the left or the right in a manner not too dissimilar from how your car would veer if its tires were out of alignment? This is a sign that your brake linings are wearing at an uneven rate and need to be serviced.

Vibrating Brake Pedal

If your brake pedal vibrates when you step on it, it may be because your brake rotors have been warped and need to be replaced. A vibrating brake pedal is not always a sign that your brakes need to be serviced, but it is almost always an indication that something is wrong with your car and that you should have a professional look at it.

Unusual Noises

Squealing, squeaking, and growling that initiates as if on command when you apply pressure to your brake pedal is generally a sign that something is wrong with your brakes. Help keep yourself and others safe by scheduling a service appointment at your local San Jose body shop.

To promote your safety and that of other drivers and passengers on the road, it is important to have your brakes serviced at the first sign of reduced functionality. If you live in San Jose, Santa Clara, or Sunnyvale, the brake services offered by Michael J’s Body Shop may be of interest to you. To speak with an experienced, friendly, and knowledgeable brake repair specialist, call us at 408-279-2070.