Brake Service at Tuffy Clinton Township in Clinton Township
Posted in Older Vehicles on October 07, 2018
Brakes really aren't optional equipment for Clinton Township drivers' vehicles. And taking care of them isn't optional either.
A regular brake inspection is on every Michigan driver's vehicle maintenance schedule. At Tuffy Clinton Township, our team will check your brake system and let you know if there are any problems. Of course, if you're having trouble with your brakes, get your car into your Clinton Township service center right away. And watch out for these problems:
- Low or spongy brake pedal
- Hard brake pedal
- A brake warning light that stays on
- Constantly squealing or grinding brakes
- Vibrations or clunking sounds when you apply your brakes
There are two types of brakes: disc and drum. Disc brakes have a rotor that's attached to the axle. Calipers straddle the rotor, kind of like the brakes on a bicycle. Drum brakes are more common on back wheels. Pads, called shoes, push against the inside of the drum to slow the vehicle.
There are several things that need to be serviced on the brake system. First, the brake pads and shoes wear out with use and become too thin to really help. If the brake pads wear away completely you can damage the rotors. The calipers can grind grooves in the rotor. Then the rotor must either be resurfaced or replaced, and that can be expensive. But putting it off is dangerous because your vehicle won't stop as quickly. Sometimes rotors warp or crack and must be replaced.
Brake fluid is also important. When the brakes are applied, the pressure in the fluid activates the brake pads or shoes. Not enough fluid, not enough pressure to brake properly. Also, water builds up in the brake fluid over time, which leads to corrosion, leaks and brake damage, and with hard use, the brakes could severely fade or even fail. Clinton Township drivers should change the brake fluid when their vehicle manufacturer recommends it.
Be sure to properly maintain your brakes because it's a lot cheaper than paying your nearest Clinton Township area body shop after an accident.
Tuffy Clinton Township
19535 15 Mile Rd
Clinton Township, Michigan 48035