When it comes to safety, no part of your vehicle is more important than the brakes. They should be inspected at least once a year to determine the condition of the hydraulic system and operating hardware. While the entire braking system requires attention, the friction components (pads, shoes, rotors and drums) require constant attention because they wear down each time you apply your brakes.
How can I tell when I need a brake service or brake repair?
- The brake pedal can be depressed nearly to the floor.
- You hear a squealing or other unusual noise when you apply the brakes. Some brands of brake pads have a built-in device that produces a high-pitched squeal when the brake pads need replacing.
- The vehicle pulls to one side when you apply the brakes.
- You feel a grinding or bumpy sensation as you come to a stop.
- In general, if there is something about your brakes that is making you uncomfortable, you should have them inspected.
What are the benefits of a properly maintained braking system?
- Firm and steady pedal feel
- Peace of mind
- Consistent stopping under repeated hard braking conditions
- Even braking
- Longer brake system component and friction material life
- Smooth stopping
What is included in the brake service?
- We begin with a comprehensive inspection of your car’s entire braking system.
- Pads and shoes are replaced and under warranty for as long as you own the car.
- Wheel bearings are repacked as needed.
- The brake hardware is properly lubricated.
- The brake fluid is topped off.
- The hydraulic system is purged of air and adjusted.
- Drums and rotors are refinished if required.
- At an additional cost, the drums and rotors are replaced if they are out of specifications.
- Based on our inspection, other components may need to be replaced.
- Specialty brake pads cost extra.
ABS BRAKING SYSTEMS
Our technicians are also experts in servicing the computer-controlled components of anti-lock braking systems (ABS) that are common on today’s vehicles. This service, like all services performed at Car Care Clinic, is recommended based on manufacturer’s standards, or when needed as determined by our inspection and industry standards.
Don’t put off brake service and repair.