Brake Services in Ukiah

Brake Services at West Coast Muffler & Auto Repair in Ukiah, CA

Simple Answers From West Coast Muffler & Auto Repair For Ukiah: Brake Services


What are the signs that I need a brake job?

West Coast Muffler & Auto Repair Answer

Signs of brake problems often fall into one of two categories for Ukiah car owners: making noise or a pulsation in the brake pedal. Let's start with the noise.

Most brake pads have an audible brake wear indicator. This is a small piece of metal that rubs on your brake rotor when the brake pads are worn to the point they should be replaced. The noise is a chirp or soft squeal. This noise gives Ukiah car owners enough vital warning to get their brakes serviced while there is still enough brake pad left to enable you to stop safely.

Ukiah drivers who ignore the chirp generally find that the sound changes to a grinding noise. That is more serious. It means that the friction material on your brake pad is worn away and metal parts of the brake are grinding against the rotor when you press on the brakes. Obviously, this dangerous metal-on-metal means that your brakes aren't stopping very well. It also means that your rotor is being damaged. It may need to be resurfaced or even replaced.

Pedal pulsation is another noticeable issue. When your rotor is not in perfect alignment, it pushes against the brake pads unevenly as you apply the brakes. There could be a number of reasons for this. The rotor and wheel hub may not be mating well, causing the rotor to be spinning out of vertical alignment. This harmful misalignment can be caused by either the rotor or the hub, or a combination of the two.

If this problem persists, the rotor may even start to wear unevenly to the point that its thickness varies, causing an even more noticeable pulsation. This uneven mating of the brake pad and the rotor when braking means less contact and it will diminish braking power.

Your service center or the team at West Coast Muffler & Auto Repair in Ukiah can determine the cause of the dangerous misalignment and remedy the problem.

Either unusual brake noise or pedal pulsation are signs for Ukiah drivers that there are brake problems. Ukiah auto owners should have a tech at West Coast Muffler & Auto Repair survey their brakes thoroughly and recommend any essential steps necessary to correct the issue.

A regular brake inspection is on every Automobile's recommended list. Ask your helpful West Coast Muffler & Auto Repair technician if it's time for a critical brake inspection.

At West Coast Muffler & Auto Repair in Ukiah CA (95482) we install quality NAPA replacement parts. Give us a call at (707) 462-6920. To learn more about NAPA AutoCare, visit

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