Brake Service in Cleveland, OH

It’s important to follow a consistent brake maintenance schedule so you can protect yourself and others on the road. Brake maintenance includes multiple tasks: checking on the system, replacing old brake pads, changing the rotors, flushing brake fluid, and checking the clips and calipers.

Here at North Coast Auto Mall of Cleveland, we offer the maintenance services you need to keep your vehicle operating smoothly. Our expert mechanics and service professionals can examine your car, replace any broken components, and get you back on the road in no time.

Understanding when to service various components in a braking system can help determine your overall schedule. By combining great brake care with other maintenance, like frequent oil changes, you can also lengthen the life of your vehicle and lower future maintenance costs. Here are some of the main brake services that our auto dealership offers.

Brake Inspection

During a brake inspection, maintenance professionals evaluate every component within the car’s braking system. This includes its brake fluid, lines, pedal, hoses, disc brakes or drum brakes, and parking brakes.

It’s important to have a brake inspection done at least every six months to ensure your system functions properly. Consider scheduling your brake inspection when you plan to have your tires rotated to save time.

Of course, there are other situations where you should have your car’s brake system inspected. For example, if you purchase a used car from a private seller with higher mileage, you should have the brakes inspected to ensure the vehicle is safe to drive. 

If you notice issues with the braking, like a slow response, loud grinding or squealing, or locking up, then one of our professionals can take a look at your braking components and see if they need repairs.

Brake Pad Replacement

Brake pads are components within a car’s braking system consisting of steel backing plates and friction material that slows the vehicle by pressing against the rotor, which is connected to the wheel. 

When you press on the brake pedal, the mechanism sends brake fluid through hoses and down to the calipers that engage the brake pads. There are many indicators of issues with brake pads, including grinding or squealing noises, brake warning lights, and shaking in the steering wheel.

When the friction material on the brake pad wears down too far, it causes the steel backing plates to rub directly against the rotor. This can cause damage to the rotor and make it difficult to slow and stop the vehicle effectively, becoming a real danger to you and others.

It’s best to replace your brake pads between 10,000 and 20,000 miles to ensure the wear on them is minimal. Having less wear and tear on these brake components can improve your car’s stopping time and your safety on the road. 

Changing Rotors

Your rotors are the metal discs on the inside of the wheels of your car. Brake pads press against them to slow and stop your vehicle. Depending on the type of car you have, the rotors may or may not be visible from the outside of the car. Brake rotors are often made from iron, but are sometimes made from carbon fiber or ceramic instead.

It’s best to replace your rotors roughly every 70,000 miles. However, this can vary depending on several driving factors. For example, your vehicle’s weight, size, and braking component materials can all affect this maintenance schedule. Your driving style can also have a significant impact. 

For example, heavier cars wear down a rotor faster, while using carbon-ceramic discs can make it last a little longer. When you don’t replace the rotors according to the right schedule, they can become too thin and warp from the heat generated by braking friction. This can cause them to be ineffective and make driving unsafe.

Flushing Brake Fluid

Brake fluid is an important component of a modern vehicle’s braking system. It’s a chemical solution at the correct viscosity to convert the pressure from your foot on the pedal to the force of the brake pads against the rotors, thus slowing the car. 

To determine if your brake fluid has gone bad, technicians test its copper levels. The technicians here at North Coast Auto Mall understand which type of brake fluid is best for your car, so they can flush and replace it efficiently.

It’s important to have your brake fluid checked frequently, and when you bring your car into North Coast Auto Mall of Cleveland for an oil change, we’ll check the brake fluid for you, too. If you don’t have your brake fluid checked often, it may go bad, which can cause collisions or further damage to your vehicle.

Clip and Caliper Check

The clips in your braking system push the brake pad away from the rotor, which can help keep the brakes cool, extend the duration of the brake pad and reduce the noise car brakes can make. They sit between the pads and the rotors and are an important component of the braking system. 

The caliper fits into the rotor tightly to stop the wheel from turning. When receiving a routine brake service,  our professionals check both components to ensure they work properly.

If your brake pedal doesn’t provide pressure immediately, then your calipers might have a brake fluid leak. It’s important to examine the whole system when this happens because leaking fluid can lower the overall pressure and reduce the braking power you have when driving.

Schedule Your Brake Service With Us Today!

At North Coast Auto Mall, we’re committed to providing high-quality service for every customer we see. Our experienced technicians can make sure your breaks are in working order, optimizing your vehicle performance and road safety.

Scheduling brake services on your truck, car, or SUV can help you avoid potential brake issues both now and in the future. For more information about braking services or to schedule an appointment with our team, be sure to contact our dedicated service professionals or give us a call at 216-398-6892.

In addition to brake service, we also offer a range of general automotive services, including wheel alignment, tire service, and oil changes. We encourage you to reach out to our team if your vehicle needs assistance in any of these areas.