So you're hearing some squealing and grinding noises coming from your wheels. These are just a couple small indicators that it is time to take care of some brake repair work. Even though car repair of any kind is worrisome, both financially and time-wise, taking care especially of brakes is critical for safe driving. It is better to put out a few dollars upfront to make sure your vehicle is driving as safe as possible rather than compromising the driving safety of your vehicle.
A common question many vehicle owners ask is, “What does brake service include?' The braking system is made up of several components, rotors, calipers, pads, discs, hoses, and drums. Neglecting just one of these components can cause damage to any or all of them. The three most common components that wear out and need replacement include:
- Brake Pads - If you hear an awful grinding or squealing sound when the brakes are engaged, it is the sound of metal on metal. This means the brake pads may need to be replaced. It is common for pads to get worn down, but if they aren't replaced in a timely manner, it can cause damage to the calipers and/or rotors.
- Calipers - Simply stated, calipers squeeze the brake pads against the rotors, causing your vehicle come to a stop.
- Rotors - The calipers push the brake pads against the wall of the rotor, causing the friction that stops your vehicle. Rotors have a minimum thickness specification and if your rotor is within that minimum thickness, it may only need to be resurfaced. If the rotor is less than that minimum, it will need to be replaced.
Remember: Ask your mechanic to explain what does brake service include? Brake repair is serious business. Take advantage of free brake inspections offered at your auto shop so you know you are driving as safe as possible!
Looking for quality brake repair at affordable prices? Contact our ASE Certified technicians at Kestner Automotive today for more information about what does brake service include and to schedule an appointment. Our auto shop proudly serves residents in Lexington, SC, and the surrounding area.