A SpeeDee look at everything you need to know about brake services!

How important is it to keep my brakes in good condition?

Because being able to bring your vehicle to a safe and controlled stop is imperative, keeping your brakes in good condition may be the single most important thing you can do to maintain the safety of your vehicle and its passengers.

What are the different parts of the brake system, and what sort of services may be required?

When your brake system is functioning properly, the brake caliper squeezes the brake pads together, creating friction between the pads and the brake rotors (also called brake discs). When your brakes are squeaking or squealing, it’s most likely that your brake pads need to be replaced. Depending on driving environment and habits, brake pads typically last between 30,000 and 70,000 miles, and rotors can last up to 3 times longer.

Brake fluid can alter your braking system’s operation, and a good rule of thumb is to replace brake fluid whenever you replace brake pads.

How do I know when/if my brakes need to be serviced?

You definitely need to get your brakes serviced if:

  • The brake warning light on your dashboard comes on and stays on

  • Your brake pedal feels “different” (spongy, presses farther to the floor or more slowly or quickly than usual)

  • Your vehicle pulls to either side when you brake

  • You hear unusual noises or vibrations during braking

  • Your steering wheel is shaking or your car is wobbling or pulsating when your brakes are applied at highway speeds

  • Your vehicle requires longer distances to stop than it used to

What causes brake damage?

There are many causes for brake damage or failure, and many of them boil down to a lack of proper maintenance. Properly caring for your brakes means maintaining recommended levels of brake fluid and making sure that your brake pads and rotors are in good shape. Regular wear and tear on brakes is amplified under extreme weather conditions (and corrosion from road salt). Like most things in life, if you take good care of your brakes, they’ll perform better and last longer.

From worn brake pads and brake rotors to dirty hydraulic brake fluid, SpeeDee’s Performance Certified technicians know what to look for, and how to service and repair your braking system.