Brake Inspection, Repair, and More
Your brakes are an important safety feature in your car. Without them, you’re more likely to end up in a serious accident. At a Bosch Auto Service, your mechanic can diagnose brake problems and then repair them for you. With over 125 years of proudly serving the automotive industry, Bosch has continued to provide high-quality, premium OEM and aftermarket vehicle parts for generations.
Safety is a top priority when operating a vehicle. And brakes are a highly important part of maintaining that safety. Properly working brakes help you avoid collisions, keeping you and your passengers safe from injury. Ulitmately they stop your wheels from spinning, thus stoping your vehicle it’s that simple. While it’s important to keep up on the maintenance of all parts of your vehicle, it’s particularly crucial that you are aware of the signs of brake damage and immediately get your car inspected and repaired when needed.
When you do notice signs of brake damage, you can trust on a reliable repair or replacement job from your local Bosch Auto Service.
Need Brake Repair?
The brakes of your car see regular wear and tear with every stop, and it’s important to keep them well-maintained.
What Parts of Your Brakes Can Break?
There are a lot of different parts that make up your vehicle’s brake system. And if one of them goes wrong, they have the chance to not only cause an accident but to damage your nearby parts as well. The following parts can cause issues to your braking if they sustain damage.
What is a master cylinder? Essentially, master cylinder is the heart of your brake system. It helps push through and delegates power to the different brakes, helping your car stop more efficiently. The master cylinder is located right beneath your brake pedal and applies pressure based on how hard you push. Many vehicles are equipped with a second master cylinder in the same housing, but having a safety in case one fails does not replace getting your brakes inspected and repaired. A symptom of a bad master cyclinder would be a spongy or soft feeling when you push on your brake pedal.
The brake lines act like the veins of your brake system. The master cylinder pushes fluid through the brake lines to signal your brakes to apply pressure. Various hoses and tubes move the fluid through your car. If you have even one small nick in just one of those tubes, your brakes can stop working efficiently. A sign of a bad brak line would be a weak pedal or fluid leaking. If you notice this either on of those systems you should not operate your vehicle.
Brake Rotors and Pads
The caliper houses several necessary parts of each brake. Your pistons, pads, and brake rotors are all contained in it. Rotors help generate friction whenever your brake pads rub against them allowing your vehicle to stop. Over time, this friction can lead to damage. Generally speaking, pads will need to be replaced, while rotors can be repaired and resurfaced to continue working as normal. Eventually, however, rotors will become worn down enough that replacement is necessary.
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The Importance of Routine Car Brake Checks
When you apply your brakes, your system uses a brake pad to grip a metal disc that slows and stops your tires, halting your car’s momentum. This system of friction lends itself to wear and tear over time. Brake repair and replacements are required more often than many drivers know and with regular maintenance you are ensuring your brakes engage every time you push the pedal. Unfortunately, most vehicle owners forego inspection and maintenance until there’s an active sign of damage.
At Bosch Auto Service, we are passionate about routine brake servicing and assessment. We recommend every driver gets regular checks to identify any early signs of worn-down parts. Replacing one brake part early on can save you time and money on replacing the whole system if the damage is allowed to increase.
It’s difficult to say how often you’ll need your brakes repaired or replaced. Each car operates differently, and driving styles mixed with traffic conditions play a large role in brake deterioration. For example, stop-and-start city traffic is more demanding on your brakes than consistent driving on the highway. Typically, it’s recommended that you get your brake fluid replaced at least every two years. This is a good time to have Bosch Auto Service inspect the rest of your brake system to ensure everything is in working order.
Common Signs of Bad Brakes or Rotors
Unfortunately, it can be difficult to know if there’s a problem with your brakes until it’s too late. However, there are a few signs and symptoms to look for that indicate an issue may be present:
- The brake warning light on the dashboard lights up
- Feeling of a soft brake pedal or spongy brakes when braking/braking doesn’t respond to pressure applied
- Grinding noise when braking at low speeds
- Squealing or squeaking noise when applying brakes
- The vehicle tends to veer to one side when braking
- Movement or unusually high position of handbrake (parking brake) lever
These can all be warning signs that parts of your braking system are out of order. Everything from brake fluid to brake pads to calipers can be causes of slow or jittering braking. If you notice any of these symptoms, it’s important to make an appointment with your local Bosch Auto Service. An inspection by one of our brake experts will show any damages that need repair.
The Bosch Auto Service Brake Check Difference
Your car’s braking system helps keep you safe both while driving and when in park. If there are any signs or concerns about your brakes, make a diagnostic appointment at your community’s Bosch Auto Service right away.
At Bosch Auto Service, we carefully inspect all wearable parts of a brake system. This includes your brake pads, brake discs, and brake fluid. Our mechanics are trained to use the highly innovative equipment and techniques necessary to take accurate measurements of brake pads and discs to ensure that they meet safety levels. If the measurements don’t add up, we’ll make sure you are aware of the issue and give our expert recommendations on how to move forward.
Once we complete a premium brake check, we’ll give you a detailed, reliable report on your brake system in an easy-to-understand way that helps you know what work needs to be done. We’ll also provide you with an accurate quote that breaks down exactly what work is required and how the pricing for each service is determined. We only use the highest-quality parts that are always in line with your car’s manufacturer’s requirements.
Where can I get brake service near me?
You can get your brakes inspected and serviced at your nearest Bosch Auto Service, which you can find here.
How often do I need to replace my brake pads and rotors?
The exact lifespan of your pads and rotors will depend mainly on how often you’re applying your brakes and the harshness of each application. Typically, brake pads last between 10,000 and 20,000 miles, while rotors will last somewhere between 50,000 and 70,000 miles.
How often should I replace my brake fluid?
Your brake fluid becomes dirty and ineffective over time. Each car manufacturer has a different limit for how long their vehicles can last without a fluid change. Your local Bosch Auto Service will help you keep track of when your last fluid change was and when you’ll need your next one.