At Groove CJDR, we know your vehicle, your driving habits and your needs. We know that brakes are one of the most critical safety features on any vehicle, and that proper, timely brake maintenance or repair is vital to keeping you safe.
When you come to Groove Chrysler Jeep Dodge Ram, you can be confident that our factory-trained service technicians are ready to help you with whatever needs to be done. Read on to find out more about the importance of brake upkeep, common signs of brake wear and what Groove Chrysler Jeep Dodge Ram can do to help keep your vehicle safe.
If your brakes aren’t working properly, your vehicle won’t be safe to drive – it’s just that simple. Here are a few questions we routinely hear at Groove Chrysler Jeep Dodge Ram:
It can vary according to vehicle and driving habits, but 50,000 miles is a general rule of thumb for the service life of brakes. If you notice a dropoff in braking performance, squealing/grinding/scraping noises, an illuminated Brake Service dashboard light, a wobble in the steering wheel or pulsation through the brake pedal when braking, those are all sure signs that you need brake maintenance.
Think about how handbrakes on a bicycle work, and that’s not too much different. Your wheels are bolted to smooth steel discs (also called rotors); brake pads with a semi-metallic or ceramic material are mounted in a caliper that encloses the rotor. When you press the brake pedal, hydraulic pressure forces the pads to drag on the rotor, slowing the vehicle via friction.
At Groove Chrysler Jeep Dodge Ram, the first thing we do is a check of the whole system to make sure that the brake pads, calipers and all other components are working as they’re supposed to. We then look closely for excessive amounts of brake dust, verify the thickness of the friction material on the brake pads, inspect the rotors for damage and corrosion and verify that they’re within factory spec for thickness.
Brakes wear so slowly and gradually that it’s easy to take them for granted. You’d probably be better off to think of how brakes shouldn’t feel; any sponginess, “softness” or excessive brake pedal travel are trouble signs. You should also not notice a pulsation through the brake pedal, a pull to one side while braking or a vibrating “shimmy” in the steering wheel.
There are several things in the braking system that can lead to brake failure, including a sticky caliper, brake fluid leak, oil on the rotors that impedes friction or a failing master cylinder. In most cases, though, brakes fail gradually due to worn friction material on the pads.
It might be tempting to just go to a brake repair shop, but at Groove Chrysler Jeep Dodge Ram you can count on us for top-notch service, qualified technicians and factory-original OEM parts. We’ll make sure your brakes are in top condition before you leave. Just make an appointment with us and we’ll get everything set up for you, at your convenience and around your schedule.