Your vehicle's brakes are responsible for slowing down and/or bringing your vehicle to a complete stop. This is important for regular use but absolutely essential during any emergency situation on the road. Understanding the condition of your vehicle's braking system and how it functions is paramount to ensuring the safety of yourself and everyone else on the street.
How Do Brakes Work?
Your vehicle’s brakes operate as a hydraulic system utilizing brake fluid and pressure to provide the force necessary to slow down. As you press on the brake pedal to slow down, the brake fluid is pressurized and exerted to the four corners of the car via brake lines. When the pressurized brake fluid enters the caliper it provides the force necessary for the brake pads to clamp onto the brake rotor to slow down the car.
When the caliper presses the brake pads onto the brake rotors with a sufficient amount of pressure, the friction generated by their contact is what slows the vehicle down.
Most Common Automotive Brake Services
Brake Fluid Service
During a brake fluid service your vehicle's brake fluid is evacuated from the brake reservoir and bled through the brake calipers. The importance of having your brake fluid changed is that overtime moisture will accumulate within the brake lines which in turn can affect the brake fluids ability to provide pressure to the brake calipers to properly slow the vehicle down.
Brake pads and rotor replacement service
During a standard brake service the brake pads and rotors are replaced with new units. It is a common misconception that just the brake pads need to be replaced during a brake service. The brake pads and rotors in fact wear down together with use. Rotors that have been reused and not replaced have a likelihood to warp which will cause a severe vibration under braking.
The brake rotors will also wear down to the point where the edges of the rotors will become elevated to a sharp point. This is known as “lipping”. The thinner the brake rotor becomes with extended wear the more likely it will develop cracks that could cause the brakes to fail during use!
When are my brakes due for service?
There is no set manufacturer service interval to have a brake service performed on your vehicle. The rate of wear on your brakes is dependent on your style of driving. If you drive at faster speeds and brake aggressively often then your brakes will wear down quicker.
The best way to know when your vehicle is due for a brake service or a brake fluid service is to have it inspected by a certified automotive technician during a routine oil service every 5,000 miles. An experienced technician will gauge the material left on the brake pad and advise when to have a brake pad and rotor change performed on the automobile.
At Eurofed automotive we offer courtesy multi-point inspections on every vehicle we service to ensure you know exactly what service items are needed to have your vehicle brought up to date on its factory scheduled maintenance.
Where can I have a brake service performed at an automotive shop near me?
You can have your car's brake service performed by a dealer-certified technician at any of our local Eurofed locations across the southeast. All services are backed by a 2 year/ 24,000 mile warranty.
Contact your local Eurofed today to learn more about our affordable auto repair services.