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Brake Shudder Explained and How to Fix It at Rockhampton


Learn why your steering wheel may be trembling when you brake, more about each vehicle part, and what you can do to put a stop to the shivers and shakes!

What to Do When Your Steering Wheel Shakes


If you feel pulsing in the brake pedal and vibration in the steering wheel when you slow down, your brake disc rotors could be signalling trouble.

Steering Wheel Shake When Driving. If your steering wheel shakes while you’re driving but NOT braking, keep reading, but understand that the culprit may not be one of the following. A shaking steering wheel during normal driving conditions may indicate that your tyres need balancing or inflating, or there could be something lodged in one of them. Whatever the source of the shakes, steer towards Highway Auto Brakes Rockhampton and let our technicians get to the bottom of it for you.

 

Worn Brake Pads


What’s happening: When you press down on the brake pedal, you kick start a series of rapid events. As you step on the pedal a caliper applies pressure to the brake pad, which in turn clinches down on the rotors. (Similar to how bicycle brakes work.) This brings your car to a stop. If anything is “off” with said brake pad, you may feel it in your steering wheel. Brake pads that are old, worn, or particularly dirty cannot grip the rotor effectively and can cause your steering wheel to quiver.

What to do: Calipers were built to last for the long haul. Rotors and brake pads, on the other hand, tend to wear out over time. Thankfully rotors can be resurfaced or replaced, and brake pads can easily be replaced too. A quick brake inspection at Highway Auto Brakes can clue you into how much life may be left in your brake pads.

Dry Guide Pins


What’s happening:If your steering wheel is shaking as you’re trying to stop, dry guide pins could also be the culprit. The guide pins are part of the brake calipers. They’re in charge of guiding the brake pad to the rotor (hence the name). To do their job effectively, these guide pins need to be clean and lubricated. If guide pins become dry or corroded, they could cause the caliper to stick or cause the brake pads to press the rotor at the wrong angle. The result? Vibrations in the steering wheel.

What to do: Inspecting and lubricating caliper guide pins is best left up to professionals, as it involves taking off the caliper, examining the caliper housing, and handling high-temperature grease. Visit Highway Auto Brakes Rockhampton for a free brake inspection and if needed, a brake service or repair.

Warped Rotors


What’s happening: If you feel a pulsing in the brake pedal and a wobbling of the steering wheel when slowing at highway speeds, your rotors could be signaling trouble. When you step on the brake and the brake pads press down on the rotors, the rotors become extremely hot. Naturally, this heat can cause the rotors to become worn, warped, and uneven over time. Since your brake pads will be pressing onto a surface that isn’t smooth, your braking and steering won’t feel smooth either.

What to do: To get to the bottom of this issue, a technician can do one of two things. They can spin the rotors by hand and feel for any irregularities, or they can remove the rotors and measure them with a micrometer. If a rotor is worn down to the minimum thickness specification, the rotor cannot be resurfaced and must be replaced. (In fact, this is the law in most states.) When it comes to replacing brake rotors, every car is different. The need for brake rotor replacement or resurfacing is best determined with an inspection and review of the vehicle manufacturer standards, which our technicians can do during a fast and free brake check.

If it feels like you might be experiencing a mild earthquake every time you brake, head to Highway Auto Brakes Rockhampton for a quick brake inspection and free answers to tough questions. Before those shakes become more serious, let our expert technicians take a look! Swing by or schedule an appointment. Silky smooth (and safe) braking could be as easy as a minor brake repair, new brake pads, or resurfaced rotors!

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Stop by Highway Auto Care Rockhampton


About 84 percent of vehicles in use need service or parts, says the NRMA. Don’t let a low brake fluid level or dirty, ineffective brake fluid push your car or truck into that category. At Highway Auto Brakes, we’ll take a look at your braking system to make sure everything is as it should be. And if it’s not, we’ll make recommendations to get your brakes up to speed! Schedule an appointment or head to your Highway Auto Brakes Rockhampton workshop for a brake inspection service today.

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If Your Vehicle Is Out Of Warranty?


Are you looking for quality, value and convenience? Then look no further. We offer a first-class service and repair facility and provide you with a dealer type service at independent garage prices.

At Highway Auto Rockhampton we undertake all types of work, from servicing, replacing timing belts and full engine diagnostics to electronic management and service warning light reset. All work on your vehicle will be carried out to the very highest standard using approved parts.

Brakes and Tyres are Your Stopping Power


Your Brakes are the most important component of your vehicle. At Highway Auto Rockhampton we offer a no obligation inspection to make sure that your brakes are working at their best.

According to a study by the NRMA, bad brakes are partially to blame for approximately 22% of crashes caused by vehicle-related conditions (second only to tyre problems, which account for 35% of such crashes).

Since crashes can severely shorten your vehicle’s lifespan (and compromise your safety), it’s vital to take care of any car issues that could heighten your risk for collisions! Get your tyres and brakes checked during a Complete Vehicle Inspection at the first sign of common tyre problems or brake issues to help you steer clear of performance problems that can affect your safety on the road.

Additionally, a complete vehicle inspection can give you a more in-depth look at your car’s inner workings, helping you make more informed service and repair decisions!
 
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