While everyone knows that squeaking or grinding brakes means that it’s time to install new brake pads, not every car owner knows what to look for when it comes to replacing rotors. Another common misconception is that the rotors need to be replaced every time you replace the brake pads. Rotor turning services from LaCava Auto Parts can be used in some situations, saving you money and keeping your vehicle in safe working order. Everything you need to install new brake pads or make other auto repairs is available at our auto supply in Fall River. Make sure to stop by LaCava Brothers in Fall River, MA for car parts, auto repair tools, fluids, and accessories.
The Common “Senses” of Brake and Rotor Repair
Did you know that your natural senses can help you when it comes to identifying when brake and rotor turning services are required? Your eyes, ears, and sense of touch are the most important in determining when these repairs are needed. Your brakes are at the top of the list when it comes to essential parts that keep you and your vehicle safe. Sometimes squeaky brakes are a sign that something needs to be fixed right away, but other times it could be something as simple as moisture on the pads. Learning to tell the difference can help to save you a lot of money or prevent an accident from happening.
- SEE/INSPECT – In most situations, you can see the brake pads through the wheels of your vehicle. You can also turn the steering wheel to point the wheels far right or left to expose the insides even more. Take a look at your pads. You should be able to see the thickness that is left on the pad. The general rule is that a quarter of an inch should be visible. If you see less, get them checked or install new brake pads. The pads can create a groove in the rotor, which can reduce the power of the entire braking system. Your rotors should be smooth and free of dust, grit, scratches, and grooves.
- HEAR/LISTEN – Brake noise is usually the first sign that most people notice. If you hear squeaking or squealing, it will most likely mean that you at least need to install new brake pads. If you aren’t sure what pads and supplies you need, come to LaCava Auto Parts to view our full selection of Fall River, MA car parts. We can look up the parts based on the make, model, and year of your vehicle to point you in the right direction. If you hear a grinding along with the squeaking, bring your vehicle to our services department. We can inspect your rotors to determine if you are eligible for rotor turning services to save you money on a replacement.
- TOUCH/FEEL – Another way that you will know that you need to install new brake pads is when you press the brake pedal with your foot. Vibrations, wobbles, and a sensation that you need to push in further than normal are all indicators that your brakes are in need of attention. Wobbles and vibrations can indicate issues with the rotors. If you are not eligible for rotor turning services, we also sell new rotors at our Fall River, MA car parts store. Don’t ignore these feelings when you drive. It is much better to be safe than sorry, especially during inclement weather, such as snow, ice, and rain.
Anti-Lock Braking System Tips
Does your car have ABS? An anti-lock braking system will let you know when your brake pads or rotors are in need of attention. The ABS even has sensors that will indicate when your brakes have gotten too low so you’ll know when to install new brake pads. Don’t ignore this warning and continue driving without getting your brakes checked. You can visit our auto supply in Fall River to get your rotors checked to determine if rotor turning services can help. If you ignore the warning for too long, the increased wear and tear can cause damage to the ABS sensor, which will then need to be replaced as well. You can reduce costs if you install new brake pads right away, preventing damage to the rotors and the ABS sensor.
LaCava Auto Parts & Auto Supply in Fall River
If you are in need of parts, tools, and supplies to install new brake pads, stop by our local Fall River, MA car parts store. Located on Bedford Street, we have provided quality sales and services to customers throughout the Greater Fall River area for over 70 years. We also offer professional rotor turning services and have everything you need to keep your vehicle in good repair. Give us a call at 508-676-1951 to speak with one of our team members, or just stop by our store to get all of the supplies you need. Ask about our free services, which include battery testing and windshield wiper installation, to help keep your vehicle in tip-top condition.