BRAKE SYSTEM MAINTENANCE & REPAIR
ARE BRAKES INSPECTIONS NECESSARY?
In the Northern Virginia area, we are used to a fast-paced life on the road. Arguably one of the most critical elements of automobile safety is the braking system. With parts such as brake rotors or discs, calipers, and brake pads, observing them for wear and damage can save you from costly repairs in the future. When the brake system components are damaged, it can cause unsafe driving conditions.
At Casey’s Automotive, when your car, truck, van, or SUV comes in for ANY service, we check the brakes. We believe in the importance of keeping a healthy brake system, and that means inspecting, maintaining, and repairing with high-quality parts, is a high priority for our team.
TYPES OF REGULAR BRAKE MAINTENANCE
When a vehicle comes in for a brake inspection, there are several components to check. Some parts require replacing, or the system lines need to be flushed. Since brake systems slow down and stop the vehicle by applying friction, those parts wear over time. Most commonly, when the brakes wear out, the friction surface of the brake shoe or the surface of the brake pad has worn thin therefore needing a replacement.
The brake fluid is a substance that resides within the brake lines, along with the pressure applied to the brake pedal, assists by delivering the force necessary to slow down or bring the vehicle to a stop. Like the oil in your vehicle’s engine, brake fluid will also become contaminated with impurities, if it is dark or rust-colored or has an odor, the liquid will need replacing. We recommend it is flushed every two years or when contamination has occurred.
HOW DO I KNOW IF MY BRAKES NEED REPLACING?
There are a decent amount of warning signs for brakes that are past their prime. Along with unexplained sounds, like squealing or screeching while applying the brake pedal, most vehicles have a warning indicator light located in the dashboard. Check out the warning signs listed below!
The following are symptoms you may experience that let you know your brakes need to be checked:
- Noise: screeching, grinding, or clicking noises when applying the brakes.
- Pulling: vehicle pulls to one side while braking.
- Low Pedal: brake pedal nearly touches the floor before engaging.
- Hard Pedal: must apply extreme pressure to the pedal before brakes engage.
- Grabbing: brakes grab at the slightest touch to the pedal
- Vibration: brake pedal vibrates or pulses, even under normal braking conditions.
- Light: brake light is illuminated on your vehicle’s dashboard
- Movement in the Steering: while braking from high speeds the steering wheel shakes from side to side.