Your brakes could save your life one day. That is, if they’re in good shape.
Like most aspects of your car, your brakes have many parts that need tending for peak functionality. A brake service covers everything to make sure you never have issues stopping on the road. Here’s what you can expect at our service centers:
Replacing the Brake Pads
Did you know that brake pads wear out the more you use them? Every time you press on the brake pedal, these pads press against each other and a small part of them is shaved off. That’s why new brakes will stop on a dime while older brakes take a little more effort to reach a full stop.
Resurfacing or Replacing the Rotors
Brake rotors are discs which collaborate with the brake pads. The pads use the rotors as leverage in order to slow down and stop your wheels. You’ll know that your rotors are worn out when you hear a squealing sound when you lay into the brake pedal.
Lubricating the Calipers
Similar to how the rotors help the pads make contact with your wheels, the brake calipers drive the rotors to the pads.
There are many signs of a bad brake caliper such as loud and unpleasant noises, leakage, vibrations, a burnt smell, and if your car starts tugging to the side. These are all extremely dangerous symptoms which is why it’s important to have your brakes serviced as lubrication can help prevent the worst from happening.
Tending to Brake Fluid
Your vehicle utilizes many liquids aside from motor oil, and brake fluid is one of them. Each brake component is equally as important, and brake fluid is no exception as you will not be able to stop without it.
When you press on the brake pedal, it compresses a pistol which creates pressure in the brake lines. That pressure pushes on the brake fluid and causes the rotors to press on the pads. Without that fluid, your vehicle would not be able to create enough pressure to activate your brake pads.
Test-Driving the Vehicle
Test drives aren’t just for scoping out a new car. Once the brake service is complete, we take your vehicle for a short ride to make sure that the brakes are working how they should. Think of it as a test for your safety.