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Getting Your Brakes Serviced. Things You Should Know. Typical Brake System. Inspection. When to Inspect. The red "brake" lamp on the dash lights up. Your "ABS" indicator is lit while you are driving. You hear a grinding sound or squealing.

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getting your brakes serviced

Getting Your Brakes Serviced

Things You Should Know

when to inspect
When to Inspect
  • The red "brake" lamp on the dash lights up.
  • Your "ABS" indicator is lit while you are driving.
  • You hear a grinding sound or squealing.
  • The brake system feels different, such as a softer brake pedal or pulling.
  • A qualified auto service technician can thoroughly inspect and service your brake system.
brake pads and shoes1
Brake Pads and Shoes
  • An inspection will determine if you need to replace the linings of your brake pads and shoes.
  • This procedure is referred to as a "brake job" and should be carried out frequently for maximum performance.
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Master Cylinder
  • The heart of your brake system, the master cylinder pumps brake fluid to the wheel cylinders or calipers when you push the pedal.
  • The brake fluid level can and should be visually inspected from time to time. It’s recommended that brake fluid be replaced every 40,000 km.
calipers and wheel cylinders
Calipers and Wheel Cylinders
  • The function of the calipers (for disc brakes) and wheel cylinders (for drum brakes) is to convert the energy of the pressurized brake fluid into pressure to operate the brakes.
  • Periodic inspection for leaks around the rubber seals should be carried out.
abs brakes
ABS Brakes
  • Your ABS system is electronically controlled. This system detects problems of which, some can be self-corrected, while others will shut down the ABS system, causing the ABS light to illuminate.
  • Problems are recorded in the vehicles computer for the technician's reference when servicing the system.
parking brake
Parking Brake

If you don't use your parking brake regularly, ask your technician to lubricate the cables and check the adjustment, as the potential problem here is corrosion.

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  • When do you need to replace the rotors?