Brakes & Brake Pads

You rely on your brakes and brake pads to stop your vehicle — every time.

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Don’t Put Off a Brake Inspection

In addition to having a brake inspection on a routine basis, you also need to act promptly if you have noticed any signs that this crucial system is not working as well as it should.

Don’t wait for problems with your brakes to give them the attention they need. We suggest that you schedule a routine brake inspection according to the timetable outlined in your Nissan’s owner’s manual. If you are not able to find your manual, or you want to schedule an appointment for a routine brake inspection or any other service for your Nissan, contact us today.

Signs That Your Brakes Need Professional Attention

  • If your car vibrates when you brake, there could be damage to your rotors.
  • If the brake pedal feels spongy or airy when you press on it, the brake fluid could have air bubbles or the rotors might be damaged.
  • If you hear grinding or squealing as you brake, your rotors could be damaged or your brake pads could be worn.
  • If there is a yellow light on your dashboard, it could indicate that there is a problem with your anti-lock brake system (ABS).
  • A red light might be warning you about an imbalance in the system.
  • If your car pulls to the side when you brake, there could be an issue with the brake fluid, you might need to have your pads replaced or your brakes might need to be adjusted.
  • If it seems like braking your car requires a great deal of effort so you need to press down hard on the pedal, your brake fluid might need to be checked or there could be an issue with your brake pads.

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If you notice any of the above issues, we encourage you to bring your vehicle to Woodmen Nissan right away.

The Three Components of Car Brakes & Common Issues

Brake Pads
Brake pads consist of friction material on a steel backing. The friction material pushes against the disc to stop your car, and over time, it wears away. If the pads aren’t replaced before this happens, the backing grinds against the disc, leading to expensive repairs. That’s why pads should be inspected regularly for wear and replaced as necessary.
Brake Discs
Brake discs wear too, but more slowly. Signs of worn discs are having to press the brake pedal much harder than expected to slow or stop a vehicle and vibration when braking. A technician can measure the thickness of each disc and advise on when to schedule replacement.
Brake Fluid
Brake fluid should be changed at manufacturer-recommended intervals. This is because it becomes contaminated with microscopic particles and may absorb water. That leads to seals and pistons not working exactly as needed, which could mean longer stopping distances.

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