Have you noticed that your brakes are sticking while out on the roads of Lewistown, State College, and Bellefonte? If so, here are some common reasons why they are sticking and how our technicians here at The Lake Dealerships can help you fix the issue.
Brake Calipers Are Stuck
The front wheels and even the back wheels of most cars these days come equipped with disc brakes. With disc brakes, there are various parts to the system, including the brake pads, rotors, and calipers. The brake calipers are where the pads are housed and what helps press the pads against the rotors to create the friction needed to slow down and eventually stop your vehicle.
At times, the caliper can become stuck. A sign that this may be the reason your brakes are sticking is if you feel the car pulling to one side when driving or braking. You can examine the calipers to see if there is excessive rust and debris that is causing the sticking. If it is the brake calipers that are stuck, you will need to replace them.
Worn Out Brake Hose
If the brake calipers look to be in great condition but are still stuck, the brake hose could be worn out. When this happens, brake fluid may only be able to flow one way. It may be able to travel through the hose to the pistons and cause the brake pads to engage, but then not be able to return to the master cylinder.
This will then cause the caliper to stick. Since the brake hose isn’t as easy to inspect as the caliper, it is best to have your car serviced to have a technician get a closer look. They will be able to see if there is a lot of built-up pressure in the braking system and replace the hose if it has become too worn.
Master Cylinder Failure
When you push down on the brakes, the master cylinder converts the pressure from your foot into hydraulic pressure that pushes brake fluid through the system, eventually reaching the brake caliper.
If the master cylinder system fails, it can cause the brakes to stay locked or stick even after your take your foot off the brake pedal. You will want a professional technician to take a look at the master cylinder and see if there is any leak. If this is what is causing your brakes to stick, our technicians can replace the master cylinder for you, bleed the braking system, and refill your vehicle with fresh brake fluid.
Keep Your Brakes from Sticking
If you notice that your brakes are sticking, you can bring your car to our service center. Our trained technicians will be able to diagnose what is causing your brakes to stick and fix the issue, so your brakes operate smoothly again while riding around Lewistown, State College, and Bellefonte.
You can also limit the risk of your brakes sticking by keeping up with all the routine maintenance your brakes will need. By having the system regularly inspected, our technicians can let you know exactly when parts will need to be replaced. Having the brake pads changed when they become worn out and topping off brake fluid levels when they are low will help keep your braking system performing at its best.
Whether your brakes are sticking or you are due to have your system inspected, schedule an appointment here at The Lake Dealerships to have our technicians help fix and maintain your vehicle.