SERVICING THE BRAKES ON YOUR CHEVY, HYUNDAI, GENESIS, MITSUBISHI OR FORD VEHICLE
A well maintained vehicle brake system is more than just a good idea, it is a necessity. The brake system is the only mechanism for stopping a several thousand pound vehicle traveling at 30 miles per hour or faster. Routine maintenance can not only avoid costly repairs, but can prevent an accident. When brakes are serviced, brake pads are replaced, the rotor or disc is smoothed and other areas of the brake system are inspected. If any item shows signs of wear, it can be repaired or replaced while the brakes are serviced.
COMPONENTS OF YOUR BRAKE SYSTEMS THAT SHOULD BE CHECKED OR SERVICED:
Brake pads. This is the most common item to be replaced on a brake system. Made of metallic or ceramic substances, pads are squeezed against the brake rotor, causing the vehicle to slow and stop. Brakes pads should have a useful life of 30,000 to 50,000 miles. How long pads last depends on a number of factors, including the shape of the brake system, whether miles are local or highway and the driving habits of the owner.
Brake Rotors. The rotor is a round, flat metallic disc attached to the wheel hub. To stop the vehicle, the pads are squeezed against the rotor. If a rotor contains grooves or is out of shape, sometimes it can be smoothed with a special lathe. Normally a rotor should last 100,000 miles or more. If the rotor is damaged extensively, it can be replaced when the brakes are serviced.
ABS System. The Anti-lock Braking System operates in slippery conditions and prevents skidding. When the vehicle wheels begin to lock, the system automatically pumps the brakes, keeping the pads from locking onto the rotor. During routine maintenance, the electrical connections are inspected and cleaned. If there are bad wires or connectors, they can be replaced during servicing.
Brake lines. The brake lines are thin metal tubes that carry brake fluid to the calipers. Near each wheel, the line is connected to a hard rubber, flexible hose. During servicing, the lines can be inspected for leaking. No vehicle should be driven with a leaking brake line, as it can cause a system failure. Brake lines often last the life of the vehicle. Flexible hoses may have to be replaced between 50,000 and 100,000 miles.
SIGNS THAT BRAKES NEED TO BE SERVICED:
A chirping sound means the brake pads are low. Many pads come with wear indicators. It is a small metal tab that is even with the inside of the brake pad. When the pads wear to this level, the tab will grate against the rotor and create the chirping sound;
A grinding noise when applying the brakes means the pads are worn completely away and the metal rivets of the pads are grinding on the rotor. The pads must be replaced as soon as possible;
Vibration in the brake pedal could mean the rotors are worn out of round;
If the vehicle is losing brake fluid, it should be checked as soon as possible to determine the cause. If fluid is leaking anywhere in the system, it needs repair as soon as possible;
A spongy feel to the brake pedal can mean there is air in the hydraulic lines. The lines can be ?bled? to remove the air from the system. A brake line containing air will not function properly;
If either the brake light or ABS light comes on, a technician should check the cause of the warning light. In some cases, it may be a bad connection. In other cases, further repairs may be needed.
WHY SERVICE AT A CHEVY, HYUNDAI, GENESIS, MITSUBISHI OR FORD DEALERSHIP IS A GOOD CHOICE
When a person takes a vehicle to a Chevy, Hyundai, Genesis, Mitsubishi or Ford dealership for brake repairs, the owner can be assured the car will be serviced by a properly qualified technician. The technician will have both the proper training and familiarity with a Chevy, Hyundai, Genesis, Mitsubishi or Ford vehicle. Inspection will be thorough and repairs will be made properly with genuine Chevy, Hyundai, Genesis, Mitsubishi or Ford parts.