Prolong the Life of Your Brakes
Your brakes are critical to the safe and efficient operation of your car. Take a moment to think about how often you applied your brakes the last time you drove. Chances are you have tapped the brake pedal as often as you turned the steering wheel.
Were your brakes responsive? Did you hear any strange noises when you applied the brake pedal? If you noticed any of these signs you should have your brakes inspected by the Kingston Nissan Service Department immediately. Because your brakes perform such a crucial role in keeping everyone safe, this job is simply one that you can’t put off.
Are your brake pads worn?
Your car most likely has disc brakes, particularly on the front two wheels. Disc brakes have four main components that require ongoing maintenance and safety checks:
- Brake pads
- Hydraulic system
Calipers are the clamps that surround your brake pads and act like a trigger when you apply the brake pedal. The calipers are connected to the braking hydraulic system. The hydraulic system applies the pressure needed to push the brake pads onto the rotors that slow the car.
On vehicles fitted with alloy wheels, you can often easily see almost all of these components. In fact, you can check the thickness of your brake pads yourself.
Brake pads should be at least a ¼ inch thick. If they are less than that they need to be replaced as complete brake failure can become a risk. The thicker your brake pads, the more heat they can withstand. Brake failure can occur due to the friction between the brake pads and rotors, and where there is friction you have heat. If you’re driving in heavy city traffic that’s ‘stop and go’, the heat created can eventually surpass the brake pad threshold rendering them unable to perform.
You should also look for any scored line marks on the rotors. A presence of these marks indicates an issue with the brake pads.
Any high pitch ‘squeals’ coming from your wheels when you apply the brakes is a sure sign that the brake pads require attention. This annoying sound is most likely your built-in wear indicators attached to the brake pad to indicate that they are below the desired thickness.
Unfortunately, the driving performance of your car is not a clear indication of brake wear. However, if you notice any of the signs above have Kingston Nissan Service Department inspect your brakes as soon as possible.
Is Your Car Pulling To The Right Or Left When You Brake?
If your car is pulling to the left or right this can be an indicator there is something wrong with your brakes. There are a number of brake-related issues that could be the cause.
One may be a caliper. If a caliper is sticking, it may be corroded and seized. In this situation the caliper requires replacement. However, in some cases, the caliper can be cleaned and serviced, extending its life.
A corroded and seized caliper will pull a car to one side upon braking due to uneven pressure being applied. Uneven pressure can also be caused if there is an issue with your brakes hydraulic system.
Kingston Nissan Service Department will diagnose the cause of your car pulling to one side and advise on the best course of action to fix the problem.
What If Your Brakes Cause Vibrations Or They Thump When Applied?
Are you feeling vibrations through the brake pedal?
Or are you noticing a thumping sound when you apply the brakes? Chances are that it is being caused by one of your brake rotors. A brake rotor can become unevenly worn or warped when subject to rigorous driving conditions like pulling a heavy trailer, driving through mountains, or allowing my sister to drive your car!
Your brakes are not performing optimally if these indicators are present, and are a key risk to your safety. As your brake pressure is also uneven, this can extend your braking distance during a ‘panic brake’ situation.
The rotors may need cleaning, or they may need to be shaved down or replaced.
Keeping Your Brakes Well Serviced Can Prolong Their Life
Your brakes will eventually wear out. The good news is that your brake pads will typically last up to 50,000km and your rotors close to 100,000km when properly serviced.
A lack of maintenance can drastically reduce these typical distances.
Keeping calipers moving freely and ensuring they release your pad from the rotor is your main insurance against premature brake wear. This also increases fuel mileage.
The pads create a lot of brake dust that eventually builds up between the pads and the rotors, causing additional wear. Our technician will perform a thorough cleaning using special brake cleaners and tools.
A brake service also includes a check of the hydraulic system by bleeding the air from your lines, inspecting brake lines for corrosion, cracks or leaks and checking to make sure that the brake fluids are at the right levels.
Have A Tight Schedule And Need A Flexible Service Department?
At Kingston Nissan Service Department we understand that finding the time to have your brakes serviced can be difficult. We work with you to figure out the best way to fit your car servicing into your busy schedule. Share your availability with us and we’ll find a solution that will ease your pain.
Advise one of our friendly service coordinators of your ideal scheduling times and additional concerns by booking online now.
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