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How to Diagnose and Fix Brake Vibration

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Experiencing vibration or shuddering when you apply your car’s brakes is something you shouldn’t ignore. Not only does it affect passenger comfort, but it’s also a safety concern. Knowing how to diagnose and fix the problem is essential for good vehicle maintenance. Here’s what you need to know about brake vibration.

Causes of Brake Vibration

Several things can cause brake vibration. Some of the most common causes include:

  • Warped or damaged rotors. Rotors are the round metal discs your brake pads press against to slow your car down. If the rotors are warped or damaged, it can cause the brakes to vibrate when you apply them.
  • Worn or uneven brake pads. Brake pads are subject to wear and tear. If you don’t replace them when they wear down, they can cause the brakes to vibrate. Even if they’re not worn out, brake pads can cause vibration if they’re uneven.
  • Air in the brake lines. The brake lines are the tubes that carry brake fluid from the master cylinder to the brake callipers. If you have air in the brake lines, it can cause the brakes to feel spongy and lead to vibrations.
  • Sticking callipers. If the brake callipers fail to release properly, they can cause uneven braking and cause vibration.

How to Fix a Vibrating Brake

If you’re experiencing brake vibration, the first step is to schedule a brake inspection with a qualified technician. The issue may be caused by a simple problem like worn brake pads, which can be easily replaced. In some cases, however, the problem may be more serious, such as warped rotors. The technician can assess the situation and recommend the best way forward.

How to Prevent Brake Vibrations

With a little care, you can help prevent brake vibrations, keep your car’s brakes in good working order and avoid costly repairs. Follow these tips:

  • Get regular maintenance. Book regular maintenance tune-ups that include brake inspections to catch any issues early and prevent excessive wear.
  • Brake gently. Avoid aggressive or sudden braking, as it can generate excessive heat and lead to rotor warping.
  • Use high-quality components. Invest in high-quality brake pads and rotors designed for your vehicle’s specifications.

Brake Repair and Replacement in Vancouver and British Columbia

At Minit-Tune & Brake Auto Centres, our technicians are trained to inspect, diagnose and repair all types of braking systems. We use brake parts that meet or exceed the Original Equipment Manufacturer’s (OEM) specifications and come with a limited lifetime warranty. Contact us at one of our locations throughout B.C. and Alberta, book a brake check and use our online coupon for big savings.


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