Keeping your vehicle in the best condition possible is important. You will want to make sure to bring it in for regular maintenance inspections. This way your vehicle will be in the best operating condition possible. We can check the parts and components of the vehicle. If a part has worn or is starting to pose an issue, we can replace it. Also remember to contact us if you notice anything out of the norm with your vehicle between regular maintenances. Catching an issue at the first sign can help save time, money, and stress in the long run. It will also improve the safety and decrease the chance for an unexpected breakdown. One thing that should be checked is the brake system. The brake system is important because it slows down your vehicle and allows it to stop when needed. This includes the brake fluid, brake lines, brake rotors, and brake pads.
The brake rotors are an important component in the braking system of your vehicle. They are what the brake pads clamp down on in order to stop the wheels from spinning. Some brake rotors are made with holes drilled through them. These holes allow heat and liquids to drain away. The surface of some types of brake rotors are grooved which can also help dissipate the heat. The brake rotors can become scratched and damaged if you have a vehicle with worn out brake pads. Rotors can also become warped as well. It is important to have your brake pads inspected regularly so you can remain safe and avoid a majority of issues with the rotors. When the rotor becomes warped, excessive heat can cause an uneven expansion of the braking surface. You can normally tell when this happens because you will experience vibrations in the steering wheel when you brake. There are even times where the brake pedal will vibrate when you apply the brakes.
If you do a lot of in-city driving with stop and go traffic, you may need to have your rotors replaced sooner than if you drove at a constant speed. By driving in stop and go traffic, you are heating up the rotors more often. This also wears down both the brake pads and rotors quicker than if you were driving at one speed. When the rotor is worn too thinly, it can no longer dissipate the heat fast enough and this can result in a brake failure. Make sure to bring the vehicle in for regular maintenance. If you are not sure how often this should be, make sure to contact us and we can advise you on a schedule.