When it comes to brakes, you always want to make sure they are intact and ready to do their job at a moment’s notice. This can change the outcome when you get in tough situations. Treat your vehicle right by keeping up with and checking your brakes regularly. When you bring your vehicle into Gorman McCracken Volkswagen you can expect that our professionals will do all they can to make sure you are protected. They will inspect the brake pads, rotors, drums, and at the end of the inspection, they’ll be able to tell you what they found and what is needed to get maximum safety from your brakes.
How to Know When to Service Your Brakes
One thing that a lot of car owners don’t know is when to get their brakes serviced. If you look in your owner’s manual it will give you an estimate as to when you should get them looked at, but this is not always an exact number. The wearing down of your brakes happens at different rates for different people depending on how you drive. The best way to make sure your brakes are still functioning correctly is to look at the brake pads. You can easily see the brake pads when you look at your wheels, and it is easy to check every now and then and before going on a trip. If you notice they have worn down, then it is time to get them changed. A lot of drivers don’t know, but when your brakes are getting too worn they will often emit a high pitch squeal whenever you engage them. If you hear this, a grinding noise, or you notice your vehicle pulling to one side when you apply the brakes, then it is time to get them serviced.
What Do I Need to Know About Rotors
Your brake rotors wear down over time as well. These changes depend on various factors such as the type of brake pads, the castings’ metallurgy, the cooling efficiency, exposure to elements, and how you drive and maneuver your vehicle down the road. If your rotors come close to the minimum thickness specifications, then it is time to replace them. If you notice they are damaged in any way or corroding, then this is also a good indication that you need to get them changed.
Know Where to Get Your Brakes Serviced
Come by Gorman McCracken Volkswagen to get your brakes and rotors serviced and changed. Our professionals can have you back on the road in a safe vehicle in no time. Drivers around the Gladewater and Marshall, TX area can schedule service online or contact us at their convenience.