When it comes to the safety and performance of your vehicle, the brakes play a key role. It’s why you’re able to slow down and stop-on-a-dime, and any fault or malfunction can jeopardize your safety. As the area’s trusted brake service experts, the team at Mad Hatter Muffler & Brakes in Council Bluffs, Iowa, wants to make sure your safety is never compromised. Our ASE Master Certified technicians and professional service advisors can identify the issues your car is experiencing and provide the necessary services to ensure the braking system is performing correctly. From significant repairs to simple maintenance, know that our shop can do it all.
Make sure your vehicle is always performing at its safest and schedule a brake repair or maintenance service with Mad Hatter Muffler & Brakes in Council Bluffs, Iowa. Our team of knowledgeable auto professionals utilizes their years of experience and our state-of-the-art equipment to provide any service the braking system may need. From brake pad replacement to rotor repairs, know that our team can do it all right the first time.
Give us a call at 712-322-7500 for questions about our services or to schedule an appointment. If you're in the area, stop by our shop and schedule your visit in person. We’re located on 3338 W. Broadway near Rue and Franklin Elementary Schools. We look forward to working with you and your vehicle!
Outside of having your vehicle's brakes routinely serviced, the best way to maintain their performance is to understand the signs of wear-and-tear and failure. This allows you to prevent a problem from worsening, which can dramatically affect your vehicle's performance and safety. Here are a few common warning signs you should look out for:
Although you may hear sounds from the brakes when it's cold, they should be relatively quiet during usage. If you hear any squeaking or grinding when using the brakes, your vehicle likely has worn brake pads. If you hear squeaking, that lets you know that the brake pads are at their thinnest, and they'll need to be replaced at your earliest convenience. If you hear grinding, that indicates metal-on-metal grinding as the brake pads have completely worn out. We suggest service as soon as possible, as metal-on-metal contact can cause significant damage to the braking system.
When you press the brake pedal, your vehicle should respond immediately. If you have to apply additional pressure on the pedal to activate the brakes, you're likely dealing with a spongy brake pedal. This occurs when air or moisture is trapped in the brake lines, and you'll need a professional to clear them and remove the issue. We recommend service at your earliest convenience, as continuing to drive will lead to complete failure and you won't be able to activate the braking system.