Brake Service – An Overview

Brake service is something most drivers know little about. The process is not difficult but it can be timely depending on the vehicle and driving habits of the driver. Some cars have a more stringent brake maintenance requirement than others. For example, if a car is a high mileage car, then more attention will need to be paid to keeping the brakes on the car. Also, if a car has automatic transmissions, then it’s important to pay attention to the service and condition of the brake system.You may find more information at Townsend’s Automotive, San Jose.

Brake servicing is very different for every type of vehicle so make sure you learn all you can about each type. There are really no hard and fast rules as to when brake service needs to be done. Generally good brake service needs to include cleaning the caliper surface, adding brake fluids, replacing rotors and pads, flushing and cleaning the brake caliper, replacing pads, and repairing leaks. It’s important to know when the pads need to be changed because different manufacturers recommend different amounts for pads. A good rule of thumb is that if you feel the pad is too worn, change it before the pad begins to wear too much.

Typically, brake discs and drums should be inspected at least once a year by someone qualified to do so. Sometimes brakes are neglected and rust forms which can cause issues with the brake system. When this happens, the brakes need to be serviced right away to prevent serious problems from occurring. Brakes should also be inspected when the car ispainted or repainted and when it’s winterized or treated with snow chains.

Contact Info

Townsend’s Automotive
247 East Saint John Street, San Jose, California 95112
(408) 998-4774