Your car’s brake system may be the most important component to keeping your family safe. But your brakes need more than brake pads to operate properly. They also need rotors, brake fluid and brake lines.
Bring your vehicle into Bulldog Automotive if:
- the brake dashboard light is lit
- the brake pedal is spongy or slow to respond
- you hear grinding or squealing during breaking
Properly installed and well-maintained brake pads should about 30,000 miles, but over time, the brake pads will wear down and need replacing. It is recommended that the thickness of your brake pads are checked by your mechanic every 12 to 15 months. Checking your brake pad thickness will not only keep you safe on the road, but may save you money over time.
Brake rotors are just as important as the brake pads when you go to slow down. It is the friction between the rotors and pads that makes the car stop. As the brake pads become thinner, the rotors will also become thin or warped over time.
Most cars made after 1999 have a rotor at each wheel, but old cars may have only rear rotors or drums. The brake rotors usually last twice as long as the brake pads, but their replacement varies between 15,000 and 70,000 miles.
Brake Lines and Fluid
Just like brake pads and rotors, break lines can wear down over time. Over time, brake lines can rust, deteriorate or collapse, which may cause the brake pressure in the system to fail. Bulldog Automotive will not only make sure all your brake pads and rotors are working properly, but we will always make sure your brake lines and fluid are working properly, too.