19961 Aircraft Drive, Germantown, MD 20874
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What would happen if your car wouldn’t stop? That’s a very unsettling thought and a dangerous scenario. Fortunately, Cochran Automotive in Germantown, Maryland, can take the worry out of braking. All members of their team are ASE certified automotive technicians, so they are well qualified to diagnose and repair problems before your brakes become a danger. If you suspect that your brakes are worn, a trained mechanic will be able to determine the exact nature of the problem and suggest any needed repairs, allowing you to go about your business quickly — or STOP along the way when needed.
Nobody wants to worry about their brakes, but sometimes there are warning signs that you just can’t ignore. Do you hear grinding, squealing, or squeaking when you apply your brakes? That could mean that your brake pads, which are made of metal, are worn. When the pads wear out, metal rubs against metal, often creating one of those tell-tale signs.
Is your brake pedal “soft” when you press it or is brake fluid leaking? Either could signal a problem with the master cylinder, a major component of your car’s braking system. The master cylinder holds the brake fluid that creates force on the brake pads, causing the car to stop when the pedal is pressed. A problem with the cylinder that allows fluid to escape may reduce the pressure applied to the pads to a point that the vehicle doesn’t stop properly.
If your car has power brakes, the pedal should stop about an inch or inch and a half from the floor when you apply the brakes. The pedal for a car with manual brakes should stop at least 3 inches from the floor. Is your brake light on? Your car may just need routine maintenance, or you could need a repair to ensure you have enough stopping power. A Cochran technician can use diagnostic equipment to tell the difference.
Does your car vibrate, wobble, or scrape during braking? Your rotors could be uneven. The rotor is a large metal disc that sits to the inside of your car’s wheel. When you apply the brake, the pad (attached to a brake caliper) contacts the rotor to slow the vehicle. An uneven rotor lessens the contact that is necessary for proper stopping. Therefore, you want the rotors to be evenly thick and smooth.
Is your car pulling to one side when you brake? A caliper or brake hose could need replacing. Do you smell something burning when you have to brake frequently? If so, check to be sure your emergency brake is not engaged. If it is not, the scent could be a sign of a stuck brake caliper.
If you experience any of these issues, Cochran Automotive in Germantown, Maryland, will be happy to give you an honest assessment of your braking situation and make repairs if you need them.
A braking problem or warning sign could be the result of several braking system issues. Only expert mechanics can accurately diagnose the problem the first time instead of haphazardly making repairs through trial and error. Allowing a trained Cochran team member to assist you will save you time and money by ensuring that the actual problem is properly identified and fixed the first time. Call us at (301) 972-4120 or use our convenient online scheduling system to make your next brake repair appointment with us. You can also stop by 19961 Aircraft Road when you are in the area for prompt service!