Brakes are quite possibly the most important component of any vehicle, and our factory-trained service technicians take exceptional care when replacing or adjusting your brake pads and rotors. Just like any other mechanism in your vehicle, your brakes need regular maintenance. Whether the brake pads and rotors need replacing, or the brake fluid needs to be flushed, we’re here to help you get back on the road safely. Here are some helpful tips to keep in mind while on the road and taking your vehicle in for regular maintenance.
Brake Pads and Rotors
The brake pads and accompanying rotors are the main point of contact between your vehicle’s braking system and the tires. These mechanisms deteriorate more easily than other components and require more frequent maintenance. The heat caused by the friction between your tires and the brake pads cause the pads to wear down. You can determine whether your brake pads and rotors need maintenance when :
- You notice you need to depress your brake pedal further in order to stop
- Smell a burning odor when braking
- The distance it takes to stop increases drastically
You can check your brake pads and rotors at home by simply removing the tire. If you notice any wear or damage, replace them immediately, or give our service department a call to get your vehicle in.
While brake pads and rotors are the primary mechanisms, brake fluid is the messenger between you and your car’s braking system. When you press down on your brake pedal, pressure builds and is transferred from the brake fluid to the rest of the braking system mechanisms. This pressure is then transferred back to the brake pads and rotors. Over time, moisture can build up in the braking fluid, causing damage and corrosion of the metal components of the brakes. Brake fluid should be checked and replaced every 25,000 miles. Give us a call to schedule your next maintenance appointment to get your brake fluid changed.
Brake Lines and Parts
Along with checking brake pads and replacing brake fluid, it’s important to occasionally bleed your brake lines and replace/upgrade other brake parts as needed. Bleeding the brake lines simply means removing the small amounts of air that get into the lines. Upgrading brake parts when necessary will improve the longevity and performance of your vehicle’s braking system.
Regardless of what your vehicle needs, our service team is here to help keep you safely on the road. Give us a call or visit our website at https://www.mcgavocknissansanmarcos.com/car-service-san-marcos-tx.