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Learn More About Your Brake Service At Sewell Subaru

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Learn More About Your Brake Service At Sewell Subaru

Every driver knows how important your braking system is. Without it, you wouldn't be able to slow down or stop and your drive would be extremely dangerous. Thankfully, with the proper routine maintenance and repairs, your braking system will be slowing you down for many miles to come.

How Do Your Brakes Work?

Most vehicles have what's known as disc brakes. These brakes are similar to those on a ten-speed bicycle. When you press down on the brake pedal, the brake fluid triggers a set of padded clamps (calipers). The calipers squeeze the brake pads onto the rotor on your wheel. The friction that occurs between the pads and rotor will eventually stop your car.

What Type Of Brake Problems Are There?

Whenever you push the brake pedal, you're putting wear on the entire braking system. Over time, problems will arise due to deterioration, wear and tear, and use. Fortunately, the brake system will let you know when it needs to be serviced. There are many different red flags that will appear when service is required. These include:

Squealing or Squeaking

Have you noticed that your brakes have started to squeal whenever you use them? This warning sound is your brake pads letting you know that it's time for them to be replaced. As you drive around Dallas, Arlington, or beyond, your brake pads are the cushion between the calipers and rotors. With use, the pad will wear down, which will cause metal on metal squealing.

Spongy Brake Pedal

Pedal to the metal, right? Not when it comes to your brake pedal. If your brake pedal goes all the way to the floor or if it feels spongy or soft, your Subaru needs to have its brake fluid checked. Air may have gotten into the system, your brake fluid may be low or leaking, or your brake fluid may need to be replaced.

Shuddering or Shaking

Does your car shake when you apply the brakes? If so, this is a sign that your brake rotors may be worn or warped. This can happen with use over time or if extreme heat has been applied, like a long downhill braking adventure around the DFW area.

Schedule Your Next Brake Appointment

If you've noticed any of these red flags, don't delay in scheduling a brake inspection or repair. Waiting and dealing with these annoying signs is not in your best interest. Letting them sit will cause larger, and more expensive, brake repairs later on and may even lead to total brake failure, which is dangerous for not only you, but anyone on the road around you.

You should also have your brakes checked regularly to ensure that they are working properly and don't need any repairs or maintenance. Don't wait until the brake light comes on or the ear-piercing squeal appears to have your brakes inspected. In fact, many experts recommend drivers have their brakes inspected at every oil change, just to be safe.

Contact Sewell Subaru With Any Subaru Service Questions

Whether your Subaru needs brake service or it requires other maintenance or repairs, our Sewell Subaru service team is here to help. Use our online service scheduling tool to sign up for the right service appointment for your busy schedule or call, text, or chat with us to talk to a member of our team directly.