Maintaining Your Brakes

BrakesOne of your vehicle’s most important functions is the Brakes. When is the perfect time to make sure that your brakes are working properly? Now! Today!
Ever wonder how your brake system works? Your car’s brake system consist of multiple parts, including brake pads, shoes, drums, and rotors. The materials of these parts wear down over time in normal driving conditions. Planning a trip? Before you go on you next road trip, see our tips for routine maintenance.
Whether it’s your brakes, oil changes or tires, get the services your vehicle needs.

Do your brakes make a squealing noise?

Squealing is often the result of wearing on your brake shoes or pads, signaling the end of their life.
Noisy brakes could also be misaligned brake calipers (which slow the car’s wheels), loose calipers, pads that are not the correct size, glazed rotors, glazed pads, and warped rotors.
If you hear the squealing, we recommend scheduling an appointment with our service department to get your brakes checked.

Does your steering wheel vibrate or pulse when you brake?

Steering wheel vibration could indicate a problem with your vehicle’s brake rotors, the discs that your brake pads clamp down to stop your car. When you apply the brakes, your rotors are exposed to intense heat, which wears them down over time.
When this happens, the metal can become too thin or warped and can cause a rumbling in the brake pedal that you feel in the steering wheel.
If you’ve got those (bad) vibrations, time to schedule an appointment and let us take a look at your brakes.

Has it been over a month since you last had your brake fluid checked?

Safety guidelines recommend checking your brake fluid on a monthly basis, particularly to prevent copper buildup. Copper buildup occurs naturally in brake fluid. Copper build up can cause iron contamination and corrosion, which affects your brake system’s performance.
If you’re at the monthly mark, schedule an appointment for a free brake fluid check to help extend the life of your brake system’s components.

Has your dashboard warning light turned on?

Sometimes when you have worn brake parts is an illuminated brake warning light. There are a lot of reasons why your warning light may come on. The most important point to note here, though, is that your brakes need your attention.

Whether you’re planning an major adventure or just a trip to grandma’s house on Sunday, it’s always a good time to check in on one of the most vital components of your car—the brakes.

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