You’re vehicles braking system has one very important job; To slow your vehicle down in a smooth controlled manner. It does so by converting kinetic energy, or the energy of motion into primarily heat energy. This is most commonly achieved by using a caliper to squeeze a brake pad onto a brake rotor. As the car slows down the friction between the pad and rotor create heat. As you can imagine after some time these parts will wear.
When should I service my brakes?
The friction material, or pads will typically see 20-40k miles of service before requiring replacement. This mileage depends largely on driving style, type of vehicle and the condition of the other braking components.
Many vehicles have either an audible wear sensor or a light on your dash alarming you that brake service is needed. If you hear a new noise or feel a vibration when coming to a stop or applying the brakes it may be time to schedule an appointment to have your brakes inspected.
Should I replace the brake rotors when the pads are replaced?
In most cases, yes. Replacing rotors when servicing brake pads serves a few purposes. It reduces the chance of unwanted brake noise and vibration as well as helps increase the life of your new brake pads.
Can’t the rotors be machined?
Possibly. During our brake inspection if the rotor appears to be in good enough condition to be machined a few measurements will be made. From there we would recommend the best course of action. Some conditions such as heavy rust buildup or deep scoring can’t be machined out and a new rotor will always be recommended.
Why do I need new calipers?
One of the most common reasons for caliper replacement is a caliper that keeps the brakes partially applied when your foot is off the pedal. During a brake inspection the calipers are checked for any issue that may cause new pads to wear prematurely or evidence that may indicate the caliper may fail soon such as leaking seals, torn boots or difficulty retracting the piston. If any of these issues are discovered it is recommended to replace the caliper.
What is brake fluid?
The braking system on light duty vehicles use hydraulic pressure to actuate the wheel brakes. This pressure is transferred using brake fluid. It’s important that this fluid have absolutely zero leaks and that it is maintained properly. Brake fluid should never require “topping off”. Low fluid could indicate the brakes are worn or a fluid leak is present. If you believe you’re vehicle is leaking brake fluid it should not be driven and should be towed in to be inspected.
Why should I service my brake fluid?
Most all manufactures recommend servicing the brake fluid every two years. This is one of the few service items that are based on time not mileage. Fluid absorbs moisture over time and this moisture lowers the fluids ability to handle heat as well as creates an environment that allows corrosion to begin forming within the braking system. Clean brake fluid is either clear or slightly yellow, while dirty brake fluid may be brown, black or in severe cases green.
What is a brake fluid service?
When we perform a brake fluid service we are replacing all the fluid within your vehicles braking system with new approved fluid specified by the manufacture.