Planning an epic road trip this spring break? Whether you’re heading out to Panama City or staying more local and taking your car over to Daytona Beach for some fun in the sun, you definitely need to ensure you’re up to date on your routine Orlando auto service… and this includes brake service! A lot of drivers focus on things like oil changes and coolant, which are definitely important. However, you need to give your brakes a little TLC from time to time too, and it’s smart to have our Toyota Service techs check them out before you leave town for a longer trip!
Do you need to schedule Orlando brake service before you leave?
When was the last time you scheduled Orlando brake service? If you can’t remember, it may be time to bring your ride in and let our auto service techs take a look at them. It’s important to maintain all parts of your brakes, but especially your brake pads! This element of your brake system creates friction to slow your vehicle – they press against the brake discs and ensure you can come to a stop safely. Obviously, this means they go through a lot of wear and tear and they do need to be replaced on a pretty regular basis, depending on your drive time habits. If you don’t replace the brake pads when they wear out, you run the risk of damaging your brake rotors, which means a much heftier bill!
Learn the signs that you need new brake pads!
What are some signs you need to schedule an Orlando brake pads replacement before you head out on your spring break road trip? Here are the top indicators:
- You hear a squealing noise when you brake. Your brake system has a built-in indicator that your brake pads are wearing too thin, and it’ll warn you by making this noise when it’s time for a replacement. Don’t ignore it – bring your car in before you have to shell out a ton of money for a new set of brake rotors!
- You feel a grinding sensation when you brake. This means that your brake pads are pretty much shot, unfortunately, and you’re now grinding the rotors when you bring your car to a stop. If you feel grinding when you try to brake, you should definitely schedule brake service in Orlando ASAP to get everything back in running order!
- Your brake pads look thin. If you know what you’re looking for (and that’s what Google is for, right?) you can actually visually check them! You can typically see them through the wheels, and when you eyeball them they should be about 1/4 inch thick. If they’re thinner than that, you need to replace them. Don’t put it off!
Make sure you take care of any issues before you hit the road – being able to utilize your brakes properly is key to your drive time safety!
Call us today to schedule brake service in Orlando! We’re open seven days a week and we’re located at 3575 Vineland Road, just off I-4 near the Millenia Mall!