Brake maintenance is an important component of your car that ensures the safety of you, your passengers, and those around you.
Now you may have many questions like: what are my brakes, how do they work, and how do I know when they need to be fixed? Well, we can answer all of those questions for you as well as fix any brake problems you may be having. Scroll down to read more about our brake services and the signs that indicate that your vehicle needs a brake repair.
Signs Your Vehicle Needs a Brake Repair
Your braking system is a key component to ensuring your safety when driving and it's when you are driving that you may notice some of these signs which indicate the need for a brake inspection and repair. Although you may be able to notice the signs of brake issues, sometimes you may not, that is why coming in for a yearly brake inspection is important and recommended.
Get a brake service inspection if:
The brake pedal seems to be spongy or presses farther to the floor than usual
Your vehicle pulls to the right or left when you brake
You have grinding, squeaking or squealing brakes
Your steering wheel is shaking
Your car is wobbling or pulsating when you drive at highway speeds
It’s been over a year or 12,000 miles since the last time your brakes were inspected
You’re near or past the number of miles your vehicle’s manufacturer recommends between brake fluid exchanges
The brake warning light on your dashboard comes on and stays on
Your vehicle requires longer distances to stop than it used to
The brake pedal responds slowly
The brake pedal requires excess pressure
Many brake pads today have a built-in metal component that creates a slight squeal. The squeal increases in volume over time to alert you of the need for service. If you begin to hear a loud squeal, make sure to bring your vehicle to Superior Performance Auto for a full, 23-point inspection.
Understanding Brake Parts
One thing you can do as a vehicle owner is better understand the different moving parts that make up your brake system.
Starting with one of the main components of your braking system, the disc rotor, which the brake pads squeeze against to stop your tire from spinning.
The pressure caused from the brake pads squeezing against the rotor creates friction between the two components.
The caliper is activated by your car's brake fluid, which is produced when you press down on your brake pedal. That fluid allows the caliper to press the brake pads against the rotor disc and decelerates the rotation of your wheels.
Brake Inspection Service
When you press your brake pedal, the brake pads create friction; in turn, the brake rotor disperses heat throughout the vehicle to keep the brakes themselves from overheating. Both are essential to the proper functioning of your braking system. And both need proper inspection when servicing your brakes.
At Superior Performance Auto, we offer and recommend a full, 23-point inspection that includes a comprehensive vehicle check, from brake function, belts, hoses and filters to suspensions, struts and shocks, motor mounts and fuel filters. Our brake assessment, however, will include:
Brake function – measurement of pads thickness
Fluids – inspection of brake fluid viscosity checking for levels and leaks
Rotors / drums – determining if resurfacing or replacement is needed
Wheel cylinders – check wheel cylinders for function
Brake hardware – inspect hardware for wear and tear
Brake hoses – problems with the hoses are common and need regular checking as they can wear out
Brake Pad Replacement
Brake Rotor Replacement
Brake Caliper Replacement
Brake Line Replacement
Brake Fluid Flush