3 Things To Look Out For After Getting Car Brake Service

Posted on: 10 December 2014

Even auto mechanics need checking up on sometimes -- check out this handy list to spot some of the biggest problems with brake repair.

Just like with other kinds of auto repair, there are cases where brake repair just isn't done right. Drivers have to look out for themselves and their passengers by being vigilant about the condition of their vehicles. Here are some of the things you can look for after getting brake repair service to make sure that everything's been done right:

A Fully Contained Fluid System

In some cases, the cap gets left off the fluid container. Or, there may even be a hole or leak in the fluid line. This isn't likely after service, but it can happen.

One way to check this out is to use the brakes repeatedly after service. It can be normal to experience spongy or soft brakes right after service, but with additional use, they should spring back to their normal sensitivity, where you'll have to press the pedal all the way down to the floor in order to get braking power.

Take a look at the fluid chamber and other parts of the brake system to make sure that you have integrity for the master cylinder and other parts of the fluid system. Get more details about the automotive fluid system from this guide at HowStuffWorks.

Loose Calipers

This is a big one, because brake calipers coming loose can cause serious problems when you're behind the wheel.

Calipers are held on with a series of bolts. If the caliper bolts are loose or missing, you could hear a rattling sound near a wheel as the caliper moves around during driving. Stop driving the vehicle and immediately take it to a shop to get this fixed, as it can compromise driving safety.

Old Parts

Another problem is when some shops may try to replace worn-out brake parts with pre-used parts or even by not replacing them at all. One simple fix here is to request a glance at the old parts to make sure they're off. You can also take a quick look at disk brakes to make sure that new rotors look good and aren't scored or otherwise damaged. And again, you may be able to get a clue about faulty parts by using the brakes and checking them for functionality.

These are some of the things you can look for after brake service to make sure that your vehicle is ready for the road. To learn more, contact a company like Eagle Automotive & Wrecker Service with any questions you might have.