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Brakes are one of the most crucial components of your vehicle, essential for your safety and that of others on the road. At Lockett’s Auto Care, we are dedicated to ensuring your vehicle’s brakes are in optimal condition. Our extensive and affordable brake repair services include brake pad replacement and brake caliper services. Ensuring your safety and that of your family is our top priority. Trust our expert technicians to provide thorough and reliable brake services, keeping you safe and confident on the road.

For comprehensive and professional brake repair services, visit Lockett’s Auto Care in Catonsville. Schedule your appointment today and drive with peace of mind.

How to Know When You Need Brake Repair Services

Understanding when your vehicle needs brake repair services is crucial for maintaining safety and performance. Here are key indicators that it might be time to have your brakes checked and serviced:

 

Signs You Need Brake Repair

  1. Excessive Noise: Loud screeching, squealing, or grinding noises when you apply the brakes are clear signs that your brake pads may be worn out and need replacement.
  2. Reduced Performance: If your brakes feel less responsive or you need to press the pedal harder than usual, it’s time for a brake inspection.
  3. Vibration or Pulsation: Feeling vibrations or pulsations in the brake pedal when braking can indicate issues with the brake rotors. If left unattended, this can lead to more serious and costly repairs.

Ignoring these signs can lead to further damage and increase the cost of repairs. At Lockett’s Auto Care, we provide comprehensive brake repair services, ensuring your vehicle remains safe and in optimal condition.

 

Cost of Brake Repairs

The cost of repairing a vehicle’s brake system can vary significantly based on the components that need to be replaced or repaired. At Lockett’s Auto Care, we present you with all available options, allowing you to make the most informed and affordable choice for your situation. We believe in transparency and ensuring you understand what is needed for your vehicle.

 

Brake Caliper Services

Problems with brake calipers can manifest in several ways, including:

  • Overheating Brake Pads: If your brake pads overheat, it might indicate an issue with the calipers.
  • Vibration in Brakes: Feeling vibrations when braking often points to caliper problems.
  • Negative Pedal Feel: A brake pedal that feels too tight, resistant, or loose can be due to caliper issues.
  • Binding Calipers: Calipers that do not retract properly when the brake pedal is released can cause continuous friction and wear.

Common causes of caliper issues include:

  • Rusted or frozen caliper slide pins
  • Missing, damaged, or poorly installed rubber sealing boots
  • Failed brake caliper piston dust seals
  • Worn o-rings

At Lockett’s Auto Care, our brake repair services extend to fixing these specific caliper issues, ensuring your braking system functions effectively and safely.

 

Additional Brake Services

Our brake repair services also cover:

  • Parking Brake: Modern vehicles often have a ‘mini-drum’ parking brake configuration inside the brake rotor hat. This system is typically durable, but it’s essential to check it regularly to ensure it functions correctly.
  • Brake Pad Replacement: Brake pads are crucial for stopping your vehicle safely. We replace worn pads with high-quality parts, ensuring your brakes perform at their best.

Checking Brake Fluid and Examining the Brake Master Cylinder

Brake Fluid: Brake fluid operates under high pressure and temperature, which can cause it to absorb moisture over time. This reduces its effectiveness and can lead to corrosion within the brake system. Regularly monitoring and replacing brake fluid is essential for maintaining your braking system’s integrity. At Lockett’s Auto Care, we check your brake fluid during our service appointments and inform you of its condition.

 

Master Cylinder: The master cylinder is the heart of the braking system. It converts the force applied by the driver’s foot into hydraulic pressure that engages the brakes. A malfunctioning master cylinder can compromise your entire braking system. Our technicians ensure the master cylinder is in optimal condition, checking for leaks and ensuring it maintains proper pressure.

 

Importance of Regular Brake Maintenance

Regular brake maintenance is vital for the safety and longevity of your vehicle. Here’s why you should prioritize brake inspections and repairs:

  • Safety: Properly functioning brakes are essential for safe driving. Regular maintenance ensures that your brakes respond effectively, reducing the risk of accidents.
  • Cost Efficiency: Addressing minor brake issues promptly can prevent more significant problems and expensive repairs in the future.
  • Vehicle Longevity: Regular maintenance extends the life of your brake components and your vehicle overall.

Expert Brake Services at Lockett’s Auto Care

At Lockett’s Auto Care, our mission is to provide you with the highest quality brake repair services. Our technicians are experienced and equipped with the latest tools and technology to diagnose and fix any brake issues your vehicle may have. We believe in transparency, affordability, and customer satisfaction, ensuring you receive the best service possible.

 

Why Choose Lockett’s Auto Care?

  • Experienced Technicians: Our team has extensive experience in handling all types of brake systems.
  • Advanced Diagnostic Tools: We use state-of-the-art equipment to accurately diagnose brake issues.
  • Customer-Centric Approach: We explain all your options and help you choose the most cost-effective solution.
  • Comprehensive Services: From brake pad replacements to caliper repairs and fluid checks, we cover all aspects of brake maintenance and repair.

BRAKE FAQS

Brakes make noises when stopping for several reasons, all of which require attention from a mechanic to prevent further damage. Causes of noisy brakes include worn brake pads, moisture and dirt build up in the rotors and rotor defectiveness.

Every 50,000 or if you notice squeaking or any other persistent sounds coming from the brakes.

Signs that your vehicle needs new brakes include noise while braking, commonly noted as “squeaky brakes”, as well as the brake pedal feeling “soft” requiring additional pressure to be applied to the brakes in order to come to a stop.


Schedule Your Brake Service Today

Don’t wait until brake issues become severe. If you notice any signs of brake problems, contact Lockett’s Auto Care for an inspection and service. Ensuring your brakes are in top condition is essential for your safety and peace of mind.


Reach out to us at 410.744.4328 or visit our website to schedule an appointment. Experience the difference in service quality and professionalism at Lockett’s Auto Care, where your safety and satisfaction are our top priorities.