Being an auto repair shop, we have heard our fair share of myths that are continuously circulated about cars, such as related to maintenance schedules, voiding of warranties and, worst of all, brakes. At Jay’s Garage in Portland, OR, here are the top 10 myths about car brakes that our Portland brake shop often hears:

  1. Brakes cannot stop the fastest of cars. As long as your brakes are in good condition, your car’s engine is at the mercy of your braking system.
  2. Pumping the brakes isn’t useful. While your modern vehicle’s anti-lock braking system (ABS) does maintain traction, you can lightly tap on the brakes, such as when your car is coasting too fast down a steep grade.
  3. If you are low on brake fluid, just add some more. Low brake fluid can mean your brake pads need to be replaced or there’s a leak in the brake lines or the master cylinder.
  4. Brake fluid doesn’t need to be changed. Dirty brake fluid can damage master cylinders and ABS actuators-modulators, so it should be changed every 2-3 years depending on your car’s manufacturer’s recommendations.
  5. Brake pads do not need to be changed until you hear a grinding noise. A grinding noise actually means your brake discs are becoming damaged, so have your brakes checked every 6,000-7,000 miles to avoid hearing that telltale sound.
  6. When the brake pedal sinks down to the floor, it’s probably just air in the brake lines. It could be air in the lines, but there might be a leak in your brake lines or an issue with your master cylinder.
  7. When the roads are wet, your brakes do not work very well. Unless your car is hydroplaning or your brakes need servicing, your brakes should work just fine regardless of the wet roadways.
  8. New brake pads need to be broken in by slowly warming them up. Racing brake pads need to be warmed up, but regular brake pads are ready to go after installation.
  9. All brake pads are regulated for safety. Replacement brake pads are not regulated for performance by the government.
  10. Standard transmissions can be downshifted to protect the brakes. A clutch replacement will cost quite bit more than replacing brake pads, so use your brakes instead.

Contact Jay’s Garage in Portland Today

If you have noticed any unusual problems with your brakes, it’s time to call Portland’s top brake shop — Jay’s Garage. Our AAA approved automotive repair center will inspect and diagnose the source of your brake issue in a timely manner. Schedule an inspection of your vehicle today by calling (503) 239-5167. Don’t risk your safety or the safety of your passengers with faulty brakes! Jay’s Garage is a name you can trust.

10 Myths About Car Brakes