Like most other car repairs, solving brake system issues starts with diagnosing the cause of the problem. We work with brake systems every day, so sorting through common brake problems and their fixes seems easy to us, but this not always the case for our customers. Years ago, we realized it was important to teach customers to think more like a top shelf brake technician, so we developed a basic brake system troubleshooting guide which is available on our website. The guide is in PDF format, so simply hit print before you head to the garage, and you'll be all set.
The guide's flow-chart approach divides the brake system into sections and takes owners through a series of diagnostic troubleshooting steps. We start with a basic test, and then check for vacuum and hydraulic leaks before turning to the master cylinder. By performing each test in a specific order, you will quickly isolate the cause of your brake troubles and eliminate hours or even days of frustration.
If you are tired of guess-work and frustrated by poor brake performance, give the troubleshooting guide a try, or as always, feel free to give us a call. Remember, whenever you have a brake problem, it's usually something simple. Divide the system into sections and try to determine which section is causing the problem. A logical, systematic approach will make finding the problem easier!