Whether you’ve been hearing concerning noises when braking or you notice the pad is spongey when you press on it, it’s important to get your brakes inspected. Brakes are one of the most important safety features on your vehicle, so you want to make sure they’re always in good shape. When you bring your car in for a brake inspection, there are a few things we’ll do:

Check brake pads, calipers, and rotors

When you press on the brakes, the calipers clamp down on the rotor, which cause the brake pads to squeeze against the rotors, thus slowing the rotation and stopping the car from moving. These parts of your braking system tend to require more maintenance than other components—brake pads get worn down due to friction from the tires, so it’s important to get them checked out as soon as you start hearing squealing sounds when braking. Your rotors will also lose their smooth finish over time, leading to increased braking time. We’ll take the tires off to assess these components and decide if they need a repair or replacement.

Check brake lines and brake fluid

Most cars have hydraulic brake systems, which means that the brake lines use fluid to send pressure to your brakes when you put your foot on the pedal. If you see any leaking fluid, typically clear in color, get your brake lines checked out. If your brake lines are bad or your car is low on brake fluid, the dashboard warning light will likely come on, letting you know it’s time to go to a mechanic. Sometimes all your car needs is a brake fluid flush, but we’ll thoroughly inspect the brake lines to see if that’s the case.

Repair or replace old/broken parts

Once we’ve determined what and where the issue is in the brake system, we’ll get to work repairing or replacing the parts. Pricing of different parts of the brake system will differ, so we’ll let you know the cost before performing any work. If parts of your system aren’t in need of replacing just yet, we’ll let you know, but you do always have the option of upgrading old parts to ones that perform better.

It’s recommended to get your brake pads and rotors inspected around every 12,000 miles, especially if you’ve noticed any strange noises when braking. These parts typically last 60,000 miles, however, so getting them replaced isn’t something you’ll have to do often.

The technicians at Auto Works are happy to discuss a brake maintenance schedule with you and to get your vehicle in for a brake inspection.