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Is it time to get your brake rotors and pads services?  11-2-2011

You step on the brake pedal and you hear a loud squeal, or grind, and feel a vibration through the pedal or steering wheel. This means it time to have your brakes serviced. The vehicles braking system is usually taken for granted and ignored until a problem arises. It can be very dangerous for you, your passengers, pedestrians and other drivers to drive around with worn brakes. To avoid costly repairs and safety issues, have your brake system checked by a qualified technician frequently, and at scheduled intervals.

It takes a lot of power and force to slow down a 5,000 pound vehicle to a safe stop. When you push on the brake pedal, hydraulic brake fluid is forced from the master cylinder through the brake lines and hoses, down to the caliper pistons, forcing them to spread out, putting pressure on the brake pads. The caliper squeezes the brake pads against the rotor causing the wheel and tires to slow down or stop the vehicle.

The Braking system is basically a device that changes energy. When in motion, a vehicle has kinetic energy. When the brakes are applied, the kinetic energy is converted into thermal energy via friction created by the pads rubbing against the rotors. The rotor cooling by the dissipation of heat, causes the vehicle to slow down or stop


Is it time to get your brake rotors and pads services?

When it's time to have your brakes changed, use quality brake parts specifically designed for your vehicle. Consider upgrading to Cross Drilled, Drilled and Slotted, Diamond Slot or Slotted Brake Rotors, and Street Plus Performance Brake Pads by SP Performance.

Have your Brake Pads Checked For:
Friction Material thickness – Replace if thickness is low
Friction Material deterioration - Replace pads if friction material is cracked or flaking
Rust - Replace pads if the backing plates are starting to rust trough.
Uneven wear – Replace the pads if there is excessive uneven ware

Have your Brake Rotors Checked For:
Brake Surface – Check if surface is grooved or cracked. Resurface or replace
as needed.
Wear - Check thickness of braking surface. Change if below minimal thickness
Rust – Check for excessively rusted hub, braking surface and vane structure.

Have your Brake Caliper Checked For:
Pistons binding – Check for piston biding or sticking. 
Boots and seals - Check for cracking or dried out boots or seals. Replace as needed
Rust – Check for rusted guides, pins, or clips. Clean or replace as needed

Other components that need to checked:
Brake hoses - Check for leaking, dried out, or cracked rubber. Replace 
Brake Lines - Check for leaks, rusting or pinched lines. Replace 
Brake Fluids - Flush and replace at each brake service.
Hardware - It is important to replace all brake hardware to insure a good brake job

Check your owner's manual for the correct schedule intervals to have your brakes checked. When having your brakes checked, make sure your service tech checks and replaces any worn parts and hardware. Here are some of the components you should have checked.

Signs that you need your brakes checked or serviced:
You hear a squeal or growl when you apply the brakes.
When applying the brakes the pedal pulsates.
It takes a longer distance to bring your car to a stop.
More foot travel is needed when applying the brakes.
When applying the brakes, your vehicle pulls to the right or to left.
When your foot is on the brake pedal, the steering wheel shakes.
The ABS light in the dash board is on
One wheel tends to lock up prematurely

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