It’s much more important for your car to stop than it is for it to go. Your family’s safety is dependent on your car’s braking system to be in top condition at all times.
Modern vehicles have become much better when it comes to corrosion resistance, but rusted brake lines and other brake components are still a pretty common occurrence in the Northeast.
In addition to rust, braking system components wear out by design. Brake pads and shoes that are worn beyond their minimum specification can cause stopping distance to increase. When it comes to a panic stop situation, every inch counts.
It’s important that your vehicle’s braking system be checked twice per year to ensure the brakes are working and are going to continue to work properly.
When we perform an inspection of your vehicle’s braking system, we’ll check the following:
Knowing when to have your brakes repaired or replaced is crucial for maintaining your vehicle’s safety. Here are some signs that indicate it’s time to bring your vehicle to Collinsville Auto for a brake inspection:
Brake pads wear down over time due to friction and eventually, reach their minimum thickness. If your brake pads are still within the recommended thickness and the rest of the braking system is in good condition, a brake pad replacement may be all that’s needed to restore proper braking performance.
At Collinsville Auto, we offer professional brake pad replacement services using high-quality, OEM-approved brake pads. Our technicians will inspect the condition of your brake pads and recommend replacement when they have reached their minimum thickness.
Brake rotors are subject to wear and tear, too. If they do, resurfacing them can restore their smooth surface and provide optimal contact with the brake pads. This procedure removes a thin layer of the rotor’s surface, eliminating imperfections and improving braking efficiency. Resurfacing can save costs compared to replacing the rotors entirely.
In some cases, they may become severely damaged due to excessive heat, warping, or scoring. If the damage to the rotors is significant or if they are already at or near their minimum thickness, replacing them is often the best course of action to ensure optimal braking performance and safety.
The brake calipers play a crucial role in applying pressure to the brake pads and bringing your vehicle to a stop. Sometimes, they can become sticky or develop issues with the pistons, resulting in uneven braking or brake drag. In such cases, our technicians can perform caliper service, ensuring proper functioning and extending the life of the braking system.
Brake fluid plays a critical role in transferring the force from your foot on the brake pedal to the brake components. Over time, it can become contaminated with moisture, debris, and brake system by-products, leading to reduced braking performance and potential damage to brake components. Thus, a brake fluid flush is a necessary maintenance procedure that ensures the integrity and effectiveness of your braking system.
Our skilled technicians will assess the condition of your brake fluid and recommend a flush if it has become discolored or contaminated. By regularly flushing your brake fluid, you can maintain optimal braking performance, prevent costly repairs, and ensure your safety on the road.
Whether your vehicle requires brake repairs, brake pad replacements, or complete brake system replacements, the skilled technicians at Collinsville Auto are here to provide exceptional service. We use quality parts and advanced diagnostic tools to ensure reliable and long-lasting brake performance.
Don’t compromise your safety. Contact us today at (860) 693-4588 or visit 146 Powder Mill Road, Canton, CT 06019.
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