Car ownership has its fair share of upkeep costs. When something breaks, that’s another round of expenses. So it’s crucial that you know what repairs you can and cannot put off.
Specialists from Jerry Lambert Automotive remind that any brake-related problem must receive immediate attention because delaying it could only lead to more severe issues.
Master cylinder damage
If the source of the problem is low fluid and you chose to ignore it, it may lead to more problems at the master cylinder. It’s the primary valve pushing fluid so the calipers can do its work of squeezing the pads against the rotor. Low fluid can be addressed quickly, but an empty cylinder must be handled by a mechanic since brake bleeding is necessary. Also, a master cylinder repair may cost up to $300.
Wheel cylinder damage
When left not repaired, the damages to the master cylinder will carry on to each wheel cylinder. The cost will skyrocket if all the cylinders will need a repair or replacement.
Drum, rotor, and caliper damage
In most instances, the cause of any of the damages on the drums, rotors or calipers is worn out pads. Without replacing the brake pads, you run the risk of replacing any of the parts eventually, which is costlier than mere pad replacement. A brake pad replacement cost around $75 while the latter is around a few hundred dollars.
Signs that your car needs a brake repair
Of course, as the driver, you will feel, see, smell and hear the signs that a repair is needed.
- Pulling to one side when braking,
- Sinking to the floor upon applying pressure,
- Scraping or grinding during braking,
- Screeching when in motion, and
- Acrid chemical odor.
Whatever the root of the problem may be, don’t ignore the brakes. The consequences of delaying this are both costly and dangerous.