Your vehicle's brakes are the first and most crucial part of its many safety systems, so you should make sure that your brakes are always in good condition. Your brake pads wear down over time, and you will eventually need to replace them.
If your brake pads have worn down to a thickness of less than a quarter inch, your AAMCO technician will recommend that you have new pads installed. Never drive your car if the brake pads have worn down to less than one eighth of an inch in thickness, because you could seriously damage the brake rotor.
Most brake pads are equipped with a wear indicator, which will make a screeching noise when you apply the breaks. This audible alert will tell you when it's time to have your brakes relined. If you hear a scraping sound, however, bring your vehicle to AAMCO for immediate service, because you may be damaging your rotors. Severely warped brake rotors must be resurfaced or replaced.
Brake System Service
Brake failure can not only be expensive to repair, it can place your life in danger as you may be unable to avoid a collision if your brakes do not function properly. To prevent dangerous accidents, you should have your break system inspected at least once a year.
Bring your brakes to AAMCO for maintenance and service, and we will inspect the brake pads, check the brake fluid, inspect the rotors for signs of wear, check your calipers, inspect the master and wheel cylinders, and make sure that the brake hoses and brake lines are in good condition.
Any noises you hear while braking could be symptoms of serious brake problems, as can a heavy or sinking brake pedal. Bring your car to AAMCO if you notice either of these signs, and of course have your brakes serviced immediately if the brake warning light on your dashboard comes on.
At AAMCO, our complete Brake System Service Includes:
- A point-by-point visual inspection of all brake components
- Replacement of worn-down brake pads
- Repacking of wheel bearings, as needed
- Resurfacing or replacement of the rotor and drum
- Draining and replacement of brake fluid
- Lubrication of all hardware that requires it
- A post-service road test to make sure the brakes are working correctly