There’s nothing worse than to be driving down the road and to hear your brakes squeal every time you step on the pedal. Not only can it frustrate you, it can also be a sign that something is wrong. At Clarke’s European in Vancouver, we can repair and replace your brakes so that you have peace of mind every time you drive down the road. If your brakes are making noise, then bring your car to our shop today!

Common Brake Problems

Your brakes are a very important piece of your car, and when you sense something is wrong, it’s best to get a professional opinion right away, rather than to “ride it out” and see if the problem goes away. It most likely won’t, and you could be left with more expensive repairs than you would’ve had had you brought your vehicle in right away. At Clarke’s, we can handle all types of common brake problems, including:

Squealing or Screeching – If your brakes are making a terrible noise every time you stop, it could be a sign that your brake pads are worn. The first time you hear any squealing or screeching, bring your car in for an inspection, as this could save you from costly repairs in the future.

Vibrating or Wobbling – If your steering wheel or your vehicle vibrates or wobbles when you apply the brakes, it could be because of an uneven brake rotor. The rotors are the large discs that the brake pad hugs when you apply pressure to the pedal. If a rotor is uneven or warped, your car might rattle or shake every time you stop. This can cause problems such as uneven wear and tear on other parts of your car, which could end up costing you more down the road.

A “Soft” Brake Pedal – If you ever experience a “soft” brake pedal, then pull over as quickly and as safely as you can and call a tow truck to bring your car to our shop. A “soft” pedal occurs when you push the brake pedal and it sinks all the way to the floor. This could be an indication of a leak in the braking system, and the problem could lie with the master cylinder. Driving with a soft brake pedal can be very dangerous, and it’s best to have your car looked at as soon as possible.

Whenever you encounter brake noises or problems, it’s best to have your car inspected right away. You never know when a small issue is going to turn into a big one, and at Clarke’s, we’ll make sure everything is working properly before you get back on the road.

We’re open Monday through Friday from 7:30am until 6:00pm, and you can visit our shop at 2612 Main Street in Vancouver, call us at (360) 252-9583, or fill out the form below to contact us. Our ASE-certified mechanics are always ready to work on your car!


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