HEARING BRAKE NOISE?

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Brake Pad Warning Indicator

Sometimes, your vehicle's brakes will alert you when there is trouble. Squealing noises, chirping sounds, and grinding are indications that brake repair is required.

Brakes that work properly will ensure a safe driving experience for you, your passengers, and other motorists around you. For example, if you face the unexpected on the highway or a city road in and around Woodbridge and you need to come to a swift stop, a well-maintained braking system can get the job done. Here at Koons Woodbridge Buick GMC, we're ready to help you with all your brake servicing needs.

How Long Does It Take for Brakes To Wear?

A new braking system is designed to operate effectively for 40,000-60,000 miles of average driving. For many drivers, this means that their brakes should last for three to five years of driving.

However, several factors can significantly lengthen or shorten the life span of your brake system's components. If you regularly drive in heavy traffic, often brake sharply, or carry heavy loads with your Buick or GMC vehicle, your brake pads may wear out after about 25,000 miles of driving. The same applies if you regularly drive in mountainous terrain or where there's a lot of dust and debris on the road.

How Can I Tell If My Brakes Need Replacing?

Brake pads used in GMC and Buick vehicles have a built-in wear alert so that you know when it's time to have them replaced. The wear alert consists of a thin metal strip that creates a squealing noise when you apply the brakes. When you hear the squealing noise, you'll typically have about 2 millimeters of brake pad left before the pad wears through completely.

There are other warning signs to look out for. If you hear a groaning or growling noise when you apply the brakes, this may indicate that your pads have worn all the way through or that there's a problem with your brake rotors. This should be a sign for you to immediately seek out an auto service center, since failing to tend to worn brakes can lead to a much more expensive repair bill further down the line. It also puts you and other motorists at risk because poorly functioning brakes reduce the control you have over your car.

Another indication of brake problems to watch out for is a vibrating steering wheel or brake pedal when you apply the brakes. There are several possible causes for this, but one common issue is uneven brake rotors. This can occur because the rotor has been deformed by heat or has worn unevenly. When the brake pads touch the rotors, the uneven surfaces produce the vibrations that you'll feel in the cabin. This problem can usually be resolved by replacing the rotors.

If you want to be proactive and check the state of your brake pads, you can jack up your car and remove the wheels to inspect them. However, this is a job that certified service professionals can do in a matter of minutes here at Koons Woodbridge Buick GMC.

What Are the Best Types of Brake Pads To Use?

Brake pads are made from different materials depending on the manufacturer. We will use GM original equipment manufacturer brake pads for Buick and GMC vehicles. These brake pads are called ceramic brake pads. They perform well because they reduce the level of friction with the brake rotors, helping to ensure your brake system has a longer life.

Brake pads with a higher metallic concentration are more abrasive and can lead to wear occurring more rapidly. Of course, there may be situations where using metallic brake pads makes sense. For example, high-performance braking systems may need metallic brake pads. However, ceramic brake pads usually offer the best solution for most drivers.

Why Do I Need To Have My Brake Fluid Changed?

Your brake fluid performs a critical task in your braking system. When you apply the brakes, fluid will move through your brake lines to apply pressure to your brake pads. When you apply pressure to the brake pedal, the pads clamp down on the rotors, bringing your vehicle to a swift stop. Now, brake fluid can get contaminated over time. Debris from wear on components, as well as dust and dirt from the outside, cause brake fluid to flow less smoothly. In the long run, this can lead to reduced braking performance if you fail to act.

The simplest way to avoid driving with contaminated brake fluid is to regularly have your brake fluid flushed and replaced. You can make this a part of your routine vehicle maintenance here at Koons Woodbridge Buick GMC. One of our expert auto technicians can replace your brake fluid, change your oil, rotate your tires, and perform other basic maintenance tasks. They can also perform a multi-point inspection on your vehicle to identify any potential issues before they get serious.

You will need to top up your brake fluid from time to time. You can tell if this is the case by checking the fluid level in the brake fluid reservoir. If it's lower than it should be, this isn't necessarily a cause for concern. All that's required is a top-up using a type of brake fluid that's recommended by your vehicle's manufacturer.

What Are Some Other Brake Maintenance Tasks?

Sometimes, you will need repairs or replacements for your brake calipers. This can occur if they get bent or wear out.

You may also need to replace your brakes lines down the road. Brake lines can suffer damage, resulting in air leakage. That air leakage leads to a reduced flow of fluid through your braking system, and that reduces the pressure.

Why Should You Get Your Brakes Serviced at Koons Woodbridge Buick GMC?

Now that you know a little more about brake servicing, we want to encourage you to make Koons Woodbridge Buick GMC your one-stop shop for all your auto maintenance needs. Our service center is open on Weekdays from 7:30 a.m. to 6 p.m and on Saturdays from 8 a.m. to 6 p.m. Our team of certified mechanics can tackle any brake maintenance or repair job with cutting-edge technology and high-quality GM-approved components.

To learn more, contact us today. You can reserve your service appointment online or drop by our dealership in Woodbridge to speak to one of our helpful staff members in person.


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