Brake Service at Bob Moore Mazda
The brake system of a Mazda is one of the most important safety components. This system includes the brake pads, rotors or discs, drums, and calipers. When these parts fail, it can mean serious consequences for the driver and passengers. Bob Moore Mazda’s Service Department works to keep your brakes performing for your safety.
Brake Performance and Problems
When the driver presses down on the brake pedal, hydraulic brake fluid causes the brake pads to squeeze against the rotor or disc. The resulting friction cause the vehicle to slow down and stop.
The main reason you have problems with the brakes is from use. Over time, the friction causes the brake pads to wear down. The more often you need to use your brakes, the sooner they will need to be replaced. For instance, driving on hilly terrain or in a busy city will often mean more use of the brakes to deal with traffic.
If you drive at a high speed, you often have to brake harder to get the vehicle to stop quickly. This also can cause excessive wear.
How to Know You’re Having Brake Problems
You may notice signs that your brakes need to be checked and probably replaced. Here are some indications that it is time for service for your brakes.
- It takes longer to stop the vehicle when you apply the brakes or the stopping distance is further.
- The brake pedal feels spongy.
- The vehicle pulls to one side when stopping.
- You hear a squealing or grinding noise when trying to stop.
- The car vibrates when you apply the brakes.
Most likely, the parts that need replaced are the brake pads. They get the most use from friction, which makes them wear faster than other components.
The Importance of Regular Inspections
It’s important to have regular inspections of your brakes. The sooner you know that your brake pads are worn down, the sooner you can get them replaced before other parts are damaged. The brake fluid gets dirty over time, so it should also be replaced on a routine basis.
Even with regular care of your brake system, the rotors will wear out and need to be replaced. However, they will last longer if you take care of the system with regular routine inspections.
Bob Moore Mazda Service Department provides regular inspections when you bring your car in for an oil change. The technicians will let you know if the pads need to be replaced or if they have some life left.
You can stop in anytime for a quick brake inspection. If you have noticed any of the signs of brake trouble, you can schedule an appointment online or give us a call to set up a time to bring in your vehicle. Wait in our comfortable waiting area while we check your brakes and give you an estimate if they need to be repaired.
Rely on Bob Moore Mazda for all your brake service needs. Let us keep you driving safely on the road.