How Often Should I Have My Brakes Checked?
We recommend having your brakes checked every 6 months or 6,000 miles or if you suspect any problems at all. Here at BRAKEmax, we offer a FREE brake check at all of our Tucson locations. We also check your brakes with every oil change if requested or during a tire rotation. Everyone’s brakes wear differently depending on the way they drive and their driving conditions, so how often a driver needs a brake service will vary.
Types of Brake Services
We offer a variety of brake services including:
- Free, complete brake inspection
- Brake pad or shoe replacement
- Lubrication of calipers and hardware, machine drums or rotors
- Brake fluid flush
After a brake service is completed, our experienced technicians will test drive your vehicle to ensure everything is working properly.
What Parts Make Up a Brake System?
The modern brake system typically consists of disc brakes on the front and rear, although some still have drum brakes on the rear. However, since disc brakes are more efficient, they are becoming the standard for all four wheels. The principles of brake operation are as follows: hydraulic fluid is pushed through the brake lines to actuate the pistons in a caliper, which squeezes against a disc in order to stop the vehicle.
Warning Signs That You Need A Brake Service
The most common complaint of drivers who need a brake repair is a high-pitched screeching sound when the brakes are applied. Other warning signs include a ‘soft’ pedal, brakes that are less responsive, or a jerk to one side or another. If you experience any of these issues when braking, you should have your vehicle inspected by a qualified professional. Not all noises and symptoms are indicative of a brake problem. That is why BRAKEmax offers a free brake inspection with no obligation.
Frequently Asked Questions
Most modern vehicles use a brake pad made of a ceramic composite. Previously, brake systems almost exclusively used semi-metallic or asbestos pads.
The rotors are the discs that your brake pads make contact with to stop the vehicle. They are made of metal and wear down with use. Additionally, excessive heat generated while braking can cause the rotors to ‘warp’. When you have your brake pads replaced, a technician will ‘turn’, or ‘resurface’ your rotor, provided that it has enough material to safely do so. This involves putting the rotor on a lathe and using an extremely sharp bit to cut into the rotor and create a smooth surface.