Brakes are one of the most important safety and utility pieces on a vehicle. Your brakes help you do everything from slowing down your vehicle for a stop sign to avoiding a deer that has dashed out in front of you. It is a best practice to check your brakes every once and a while to see if the brake pads are starting to wear thin. Brakes are located right behind the rims of the wheels on your vehicle, and as such to get them replaced or serviced, your wheels will have to be taken off. If you are experiencing issues or think your brakes might be worn, you should immediately seek a Service professional. Jackson Automotive's staff is here to assist and will ensure that your brakes meet factory standards. Visit our Macon, GA dealership or schedule an appointment today! Don't forget to view our specials for possible discounts.
If you can see that your brake pads are starting to get below ¼ inch thick, then it is time to get them replaced. Where do you look? Look in between the spokes on the rim of tire to where you see a metal, circular rotor inside, and when you find that, look around the outer edge where you will see another metal piece, a caliper. Sandwiched in between these two pieces of metal should be your brake pad. No idea what a brake pad, rotor, or caliper is? No problem. Our Service Center can quickly inspect your brakes and offer advice on their condition.
There are a couple of ways you can easily tell if it is time to get your brakes serviced:
How fast your brake pads wear down varies widely. On average, brake pads need to be replaced every 50,000 miles. To get a baseline of how long the brake pads will last on your vehicle, consult the vehicle's owner's manual.
Vehicle's rotors are supposed to outlive your pads; however, this is not always the case. They wear down much in the same way that brake pads do, but just a little differently. Rotors tend to get what is referred to as "runout" problems, which is when the rotor wobbles when it rotates. When this happens, you are left with two options. You can either get the rotor resurfaced or get it replaced. It is common nowadays that automotive mechanic shops are replacing the rotors on vehicles while your brakes are getting replaced and realigned just to make sure that everything is in top shape.
To make sure your vehicle is in tip top shape, come on by Jackson Automotive if you are in the Perry, Milledgeville, or Macon area to get your brake pads or rotors replaced on your Volvo, Volkswagen, Mercedes-Benz, or Subaru at our service center or call us at (478) 796-8135.