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When it comes to the different systems of a vehicle, the braking system is one that can be considered as the most important one. Every driver strives for peace of mind in knowing that their brake system is in excellent condition, and their brakes can quickly bring the car to a stop effortlessly and safely.
Brake service can be considered an umbrella term for all services, procedures, and inspections related to the braking of your vehicle. A mechanic will start the service by thoroughly performing a brake inspection while ensuring that all brake components are working in their best condition. He or she will also inspect rotors, brake pads, calipers, and clips to ensure that all these vital components are working the way they should. If any replacements or repairs are required, the mechanic will get in touch with you to check if you want the service performed.
Your car needs regular brake service to ensure that all braking system components, including rotors, brake fluid, calipers, and brake pads, are in excellent condition. With frequent servicing of brakes, you can keep your vehicle’s brake system in the best state between replacements. A car’s brake system impacts the safety, handling, and overall performance, so it must be maintained and inspected over regular periods.
It is recommended at TIRECRAFT that you should go for brake service every year or after every 20,000 kilometres. However, if you experience any of the signs listed below, it may mean you need to book your next service appointment sooner rather than later.
Spongy or Soft Brake Pedal: Whenever you press the brake pedal to stop the car, it should be firm. If you come across brake pedals that are spongy, soft or need to be pushed to the car’s floor, it is a clear indication of the presence of air or moisture within the brake system. This may also indicate an issue with the master cylinder. These issues can have a massive impact on how well the brakes are applied and thus should not be neglected.
Squealing, Squeaking, or Grinding Noise: When you engage the car’s brakes, listen to them. If you hear any grinding, squealing, or squeaking noises, you may have a problem with rotors, brake pads, or calipers. Squealing or squeaking sounds indicate that the brake pads have worn down or the caliper is rubbing against the rotor. If you hear a grinding noise, the damage has already been done, and you may have to change rotors and calipers.
Burning Smell when Brakes are Applied: A burning smell is the last thing you want to experience while driving. If you experience a burning smell while applying brakes, it signals that your brakes are becoming overheated. Once you get a burning smell, stop your car at once and check for the potential cause. Neglecting this issue can boil the brake fluid, eventually leading to brake failure.
There is not an iota of doubt that brakes are a vital part of your vehicle. Without efficiently working brakes, you can’t stop your vehicle in time, which can have serious repercussions. It can cause a simple fender bender or a significant accident, and both situations aren’t worth the risk of skipping car brake service.
By ensuring that you take your car for regular brake maintenance service, you ensure that brakes are fully engaged when you press them. It is essential to understand that brake pads are designed in such a way that they will wear down gradually. And if you wait longer than their shelf life, you have to shell out a lot of extra money. Why? The answer is simple; when pads wear down, and you keep driving the car without replacing them, it puts additional stress on the brake system’s other components like drums, rotors, and calipers. Should any one of these get damaged, you can easily add hundreds of dollars to your bill.
With that being said, it is crucial to get your brakes checked now and then and get the required maintenance done if there are any signs of wear and tear. Book your brake service with TIRECRAFT today!