Brakes keep you and the people around you safe by allowing you to stop before colliding with other vehicles, animals, road barriers, trees, and any other hazards. Most modern vehicles feature disc brake systems that rely on calipers that squeeze the disc, or rotor, to slow down. Because brake pads create a buffer between the calipers and rotor, they endure most of the wear and need periodic replacing. Because their quality affects your safety, you cannot afford to skip routine brake repair and inspections.
Why Regular Brake Repair & Maintenance Is Necessary
Brakes provide several warning signs when their pads need to be replaced. Frequently, drivers first notice squealing and screeching noises that indicate increasing contact between the calipers and rotors. Additionally, a “squishy” brake pedal that sinks into the floor means that there is moisture or air somewhere in the system that may cause your brakes to become unresponsive. Never ignore leaks or dashboard lights, and have the system checked every six months to ensure safe stopping.
Prevent Rotor Damage
Brake repair prevents premature damage to the system. Brake pads require replacing every 25,000 to 70,000 miles, depending on your driving habits. Hitting your brakes while driving at high speeds, like on the highway, wears pads out faster. If the pads wear out, the calipers scrape against the rotors, which warps them. Brake only when necessary in these situations, and try to take your foot off the gas pedal sooner before stoplights signs for a slower, smoother stop.
Schedule brake repair and maintenance with Gearheads Auto Service to keep this important safety system in excellent condition. The auto repair center provides drivers throughout the Cuyahoga Falls, OH, area with a full suite of services from ASE-certified® mechanics who work on classic and performance vehicles in addition to drivers’ everyday cars. Read testimonials online, and call (330) 929-0200 to schedule an appointment with the RepairPal-certified auto repair center.