Ask South Bay car owners about automotive safety and most will mention the importance of properly-functioning brakes.
Schedule your car for brake inspection and service once per year. The brake system includes many components — rotors, calipers, pads or shoes, pistons, springs, hoses, lines, fluids and electronics — and they all require regular maintenance.
BRAKE INSPECTION AND REPAIR SERVICE
Brake pads and shoes provide friction, which stops the vehicle. They need to be checked periodically for wear, and replaced when they become too thin.
The drums and rotors may become warped or pitted over time, and require resurfacing or replacement.
Mechanical parts such as pistons and springs get worn-out and soiled with oil, dirt and other road debris. Cleaning or replacement may be necessary.
Brake fluid plays an important role in cooling and protecting the brake system. Water and other contaminants are gradually absorbed into the fluid, diminishing its effectiveness. After 30,000 miles or two years, the fluid becomes acidic and must be replaced before it damages the rest of the brake system.
Lastly, don’t forget your tires. No matter how well the brake system is operating, if the tread is too thin, tires can’t adequately grip the road. Your car’s stopping distance — meaning, your safety and the safety of your passengers — will suffer.
If you experience any of these occurrences, take your car to Hillside Auto Repair right away. These are warning signs, indicating that your brakes need immediate attention.
- Squealing or grinding sound when braking
- Vibration or clunking sounds when braking
- The car pulls to the right or left when braking
- The car’s front end shakes
- Low, soft or spongy brake pedal
- Hard brake pedal
- Pulsing of the brake pedal
- ABS (Anti-Lock Braking System) light stays on
No matter what type of vehicle you drive, remember: safety first; avoid accidents. Keep your brakes in good working condition and keep your travels worry-free.
Call us or request an appointment online for your car's brake service.
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