When to Have Your Brakes Inspected
While a car’s braking system is complicated at a big-picture level, with a long list of parts like the brake booster, master cylinder, fluid reservoir, and many others. However, when you boil it down to what makes the car stop, there are only three primary components: calipers, pads, and rotors. Modern braking systems run on hydraulics so that when you apply pressure to the brake pedal, the brake booster translates that mechanical force into hydraulic pressure, pushing brake fluid from the reservoir through the brake lines. At the other end of the brake lines are the calipers at each wheel. The hydraulic pressure inside the caliper presses a piston, creating friction between the pads and rotors, bringing the vehicle to a halt. There are numerous symptoms that point to a brake malfunction. Most commonly, you’ll hear a grinding or squealing noise when you press the brake pedal, caused by worn-down brake pads being pressed against worn-down rotors. In which case, a technician will most likely recommend brake pads and rotors. If your braking system loses hydraulic power from a leak in a line, your brake pedal may feel soft or “spongy.” If you’re experiencing anything unusual when you press the brake pedal, don’t hesitate to bring your car to the experts here in the Classic Chrysler Dodge Jeep Ram service center.
When Should I Get New Brakes?
For most vehicles, disc brakes typically last between 40,000 and 60,000 miles, depending on where and how you drive. For example, your brakes will last longer if you spend most of your time driving on the highway. Conversely, if you spend most of your time in stop-and-go traffic, you’ll notice your brakes wearing down a bit faster. As we mentioned above, if it’s time to replace your brake pads or rotors, you may hear squealing or grinding noises when you press the brake pedal. If you do, bring your Jeep to our service center to have it diagnosed and repaired. You may also notice your brakes making a grinding noise without pressing the brake pedal, which is a sign of a seized caliper. While far less common, calipers are sometimes required to be replaced to prevent premature wear to new pads and rotors.
The Importance of Brake Fluid
Of course, the mechanical components of your Jeep’s braking system affect its stopping power. However, without brake fluid and good hydraulic pressure, your Jeep will have a hard time stopping. Brake fluid is most commonly contaminated by oxygen, as it oxidizes the fluid and lowers its boiling point. When the boiling point of your brake fluid is lowered, it will decrease your car’s stopping power, causing a spongy brake pedal and longer stopping times. When you notice this happening, you should bring it to our service center to be diagnosed. Sometimes the fix is as easy as flushing out the old brake fluid and replacing it with new fluid. However, it can also be more complex, caused by cracks in the brake lines or damage to the booster or master cylinder. These inspections and repairs should be performed by a certified mechanic like the ones here at Classic CDJR.
Jeep Service Center Near Me
If you notice any issues with your brakes, including decreased stopping power, grinding, or squealing, don’t hesitate to bring your car to the service center here at Classic Chrysler Dodge Jeep Ram, where our certified technicians will inspect, diagnose, and repair your braking system, no matter what it requires. Contact us today to speak with a knowledgeable service expert and schedule your next service appointment. We look forward to hearing from you!