Brakes

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WHEN STOPPING ON A DIME IS HARDER THAN IT SOUNDS.

UNDERSTANDING HOW BRAKES WORK

A disc brake system consists of a brake disc or rotor, a brake caliper, and brake pads. When the brake pedal is applied, pressurized hydraulic brake fluid squeezes the brake pads against the surface of the brake rotor. The result of this contact produces friction which enables your vehicle to slow down or stop completely.
Symptoms of Needing Brake Service:

  • The brake pedal feels spongy or if it takes a longer distance to stop than usual
  • Your vehicle pulls to one side or the other when you apply the brakes
  • You hear unusual noises or your vehicle vibrates while applying the brakes

 

WHAT IS BEING REPLACED WHEN YOU SERVICE YOUR BRAKES?

The component most frequently replaced are brake pads due to their key role in bringing your vehicle safely to a stop. Brake pads absorb most of the heat and friction produced during the braking process and therefore are the fastest wearing component of your braking system. Replacing your pads regularly can extend the life of your more expensive brake rotors. Brake rotors will wear over time as well even with regular pad replacement. The friction produced during the braking process simply wears though.

Brake fluid is the other main consumable when it comes to your vehicle’s braking system. Much like your engine’s oil, brake fluid collects dirt and debris over time that can affect its performance. Changing your brake fluid according to your vehicle’s Owner’s Manual is best.

QUESTIONS? WE HAVE THE ANSWERS

Q: What could be the cause of brake noise?

A: Vibration, loose spring clips, and/or poor brake pads can cause noises. If you hear a grinding noise, it could be a sign of a worn-down brake pad.

 

Q: Why would my brake pedal feel spongy?

A: If it takes you longer to stop or you have to press the brake pedal harder than usual, there could be an issue with your brakes. Bring in your vehicle and a certified technician can help pinpoint the issue.

 

Q: How often should I change my brake fluid?

A: Check your owner’s manual for the manufacturer recommendation. It could be as often as every two years.

 

Q: Why would my vehicle pull to one side or shake when I apply the brakes?

A: This could mean that your vehicle has a hydraulic brake issue, a mechanical problem, or an issue with the steering/chassis. If it shakes when applying the brakes, there might be an issue with your rotors.

Volkswagen of Eau Claire is located at: 5201 Fairview Drive • Eau Claire, WI 54701
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