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THE SIGNIFICANCE OF YOUR VEHICLE'S BRAKING SYSTEM

Braking systems have gotten more complicated over the years, though there are still some very simple things you can check yourself at home. On this page we can help you learn a little bit more about your brakes.

When servicing your vehicle, the critical elements of the brake system frequently discussed include brake pads, rotors, calipers, and brake fluid. These four essential components play a vital role in ensuring your vehicle slows down effectively as needed.

Incorporating brake maintenance into your regular vehicle care routine helps you identify minor issues before they escalate to brake failure.

And remember, if you need a helping hand or expert advice, we’re just a message away, ready to assist you in ensuring your car remains in top shape.

BRAKE PADS AND ROTORS

Brake Pads – Brake pads play a crucial role in your vehicle’s braking system. When you hit the brake pedal, these pads are pressed against the brake rotors by the calipers, generating the necessary friction to slow down your car. This friction-based action is fundamental for safe driving.

Easy Inspection of Brake Pads – You can easily inspect them by shining a flashlight through your wheel spokes. A healthy brake pad should be thicker than 3mm or about 1/2 inch. If they’re thinner, it’s a sign that they need replacing.

Brake Rotors – Located inside your wheels, brake rotors are large discs that work in tandem with brake pads. They’re essential for effective braking, as they provide the surface against which the pads create friction.

Identifying Worn Rotors – Be aware of telltale signs of worn rotors: excessive corrosion, vibration during braking, discoloration, and unusual noises when applying the brakes are all red flags. These symptoms indicate it might be time for a rotor inspection or replacement.

For professional advice and services, consider visiting our dealership, where experts can assist with all your vehicle maintenance needs. Stay safe and stay informed!

BRAKE CALIPERS AND FLUID

Brake Calipers: The Force Behind the Friction

Brake calipers are integral to your car’s braking system. They function like a clamp. When you press the brake pedal, hydraulic pressure from the brake fluid pushes the calipers to squeeze the brake pads against the rotors. This action creates the necessary friction to reduce speed or stop your vehicle.

Maintaining Your Brake Calipers

It’s vital to ensure that your brake calipers are in good condition. Signs of a malfunctioning caliper include uneven braking, squealing noises, or a tendency for the car to veer to one side when braking. Timely inspections can prevent more significant issues down the road.

Keeping an Eye on Brake Fluid

Regular checks of your brake fluid level and quality are essential. If the fluid is low or appears dirty, it could compromise your braking system’s efficiency. Changes in braking response, such as a spongy brake pedal, often signal issues with the brake fluid.

Ensuring your brake calipers and fluid are in good condition is vital for safety. For expert care and advice, schedule in an appointment! Safe driving starts with well-maintained brakes!

SUGGESTED MAINTENANCE INTERVALS

Regular brake service is key. It’s advised to get this done with every second oil change. This routine maintenance clears away debris and rust, and lubricates brake components, prolonging their life.

Brake Pads and Rotors: Replacement Guidelines

Brake pads and rotors usually need replacing together, typically when pads thin to 3mm or less. We keep you updated, informing you when they’re down to about 5mm, so you’re prepared for the next service.

Brake Fluid: Change for Consistent Performance

Changing brake fluid every two years, or if it becomes discolored or dirty, is crucial. This ensures your brakes respond efficiently and reliably.

Contact our experts to help you keep your vehicle safe and reliable!

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