- Check brake fluid level every 10,000 miles
- Check friction material every 10,000 miles
- Check brake cables every 10,000 miles
- Change brake fluid every 20,000 miles
- When doing a complete brake job, refinish rotors and drums, replace
brake pads or shoes, inspect, clean and repack wheel bearing and replace
- With a second brake job, replace calipers, wheel cylinders and brake
- Always replace pads with the same type of friction material (organic
- Replace brake drums or rotors if they are under minimum specifications
Your car's brakes work hard. And the job they do is critical to your
safety. That's why it's so important for you to be aware of how your
brakes work, and to be alert for signs that your brakes need
maintenance. Here you'll find an overview of braking systems, and tips
to help you know when it's time for brake service. No matter what your
brake system needs, Johnny's Complete Auto Care is here to help make
sure your car is functioning.
ABOUT BRAKING SYSTEMS
Today's braking systems are composed of a number of integral parts
all working together to ensure that your vehicle stops properly.
Generally speaking, by depressing the brake pedal, you are telling the
master cylinder to compress brake fluid, which in turn sends hydraulic
pressure through brake lines that activate your vehicle's brake pads
(or shoes). These pads (or shoes) then make contact with spinning
rotors (or drums), slowing down or stopping the vehicle. More complex
systems use sensors to activate the brake system, but the net desired
effect is the same.
The parts that make up your vehicle's brake system wear down over
time and eventually need to be replaced. The most common brake repair
performed is the replacement of brake pads (or shoes). Whether composed
of ceramic, semi-metallic, or organic materials, brake pads erode each
time you depress the brake pedal. If the pads wear down too much
without being replaced, the metal housing for the pads will make
contact with the metal rotors (or drums), which may produce not only a
safety issue but a situation where the rotors/drums are required to be
replaced as a result of the prolonged contact of metal parts without
the pad buffer.
TIME FOR BRAKE SERVICE?
There are several warning signs that your vehicle can give you
before your brakes may reach the point of potential failure or
extensive repair. Simply using your sense of hearing, sight and touch
may alert you to a potential problem. Here are some of the common
questions you should ask yourself concerning your vehicle's brake
- Does your brake warning light come on when you are driving?
- Is your brake fluid low? Does it appear very dirty?
- Do you hear a grinding sound or a squealing sound when you apply the brake pedal?
- Do you feel a pulsation or some sponginess in the brake pedal when it is depressed?
- Does your vehicle steer or pull to one side when braking?
These are the most common signs that can suggest a potential brake
system problem that should be addressed. Any other sights, sounds or
sensations in the brake system that seem out of the ordinary should
also be taken into consideration. Most times, brake system problems
will only escalate if disregarded.
JOHNNY'S COMPLETE AUTO CARE SUGGESTIONS
- Technicians at Johnny's Complete Auto Care are trained to service
today's complex brake systems. They can inspect your vehicle's braking
system to ensure that it is functioning properly or to diagnose a
problem and offer suggestions and an estimate for repair.
- From brake pad replacement to servicing rotors to replacing brake
cylinders to addressing Anti-Lock Brake System issues, Johnny's Complete Auto Care provides full repair service for all your vehicle's
- Additionally, we can perform routine maintenance as suggested by
your vehicle's manufacturer. Most often this is a brake system flush,
which involves the removal of air and moisture from brake lines and the
replacement of brake fluid.
Whatever your vehicle's brake system needs, Johnny's Complete Auto
Care can perform the service to help ensure its proper working
condition. Trust Johnny's Compete Auto Care for your vehicle's brake
service maintenance and repairs.