Every single aspect of your Nissan is important, but keeping the brakes in top working order can sometimes be the difference between life and death. Although the situation is not usually that severe, brakes are still one of the most essential elements of your vehicle. They ensure that your vehicle stops like it should, helping to prevent collisions.
Most of the time, taking your car in so the brakes can be serviced will start off with an evaluation. During this process, the trained Nissan brakes technicians will remove the wheels and then inspect every aspect of the brakes, including the rotors, drums, and pads as well as the hydraulics, hardware, and fluid. They will then use their evaluations to suggest any repairs or replacements that are necessary to keep your brakes at their optimal functioning.
How to Know When to Service Your Brakes
The easiest way to know when it is time to service your brakes is to follow the recommendations of your owner's manual. Take a look at the section dedicated to the maintenance schedule, and it should tell you about how frequently your brakes should be checked. You will also want to take your car in so a Nissan brakes expert can examine it if you notice any odd behavior from your brakes.
Obviously, if the brake light on your dashboard appears, you should schedule an appointment to have your car checked as soon as possible. The same is true if your car takes a longer distance to come to a complete stop than before. Either of these can indicate a potential emergency requiring immediate attention.
While the above indications that you need to service your brakes are obvious, there are also some signs that can be harder to notice. If you hear a harsh grinding noise or a squeal, this may indicate that your brake pads are worn and need to be replaced. If you don't replace the brake pads in a timely manner, you will risk your safety and damaging the rotors. In some cases when your car seems to pull toward one direction when you steer straight, this will indicate an issue with the brakes, although a mechanic will have to determine if this is the issue or it is a suspension, alignment, or tire problem.
Should I Replace or Resurface Rotors?
Generally speaking, you can save money on car repairs by resurfacing your brake rotors instead of replacing them completely. In some cases, however, Nissan brakes will need to have their rotors completely replaced, and it is important to know when this is the case in order to avoid being overcharged by a mechanic and to stay safe. Depending on the age of your car, you may need to replace the rotors every one to three times you replace the pads.
You will also need to fully replace the rotors instead of resurfacing them if they are uneven, and this means a variation of even 0.001 inches. In order to resurface your rotors, they should have enough metal left and not have any rusting, severe grooving, cracks, or hard spots. A trusted mechanic can tell you whether it is necessary to replace your rotors or if resurfacing will be enough.
Whether you are looking to learn more about Nissan brakes or would like to schedule service on them, visit Chris Myers Nissan in Daphne, Alabama.
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