• Katie Campbell

Brakes 101


Do you know what this is? Any guesses? Well if you said brake pad, you’re right on the money. If not, that’s okay too because we stopped by Jiffy Lube to talk all about your brakes – one of the most important systems on your car. Even though you don't see them everyday, brakes suffer from wear and tear just like your tires and other parts of your vehicle so it’s very important to get them inspected on a regular basis.

Now you may be asking, how do I know if I need to take my brakes in for servicing? Well, there are ways your brakes will tell you when they need some attention. For example, if your brake warning light comes on and stays on, it’s time to get them checked out.

Another warning sign is if you hear a high-pitched squeal or grinding noise when you come to a stop in your vehicle.

Those unpleasant sounds you are hearing may be metal hitting metal. Sounds like it’s time to take them in for an inspection! After completing an inspection, the technicians here at Jiffy Lube can also perform a brake service if necessary. Let’s go check out a brake system right now!

This right here is a very common brake system: the disc brake system. While any mention of brakes might seem intimidating – you know... master cylinders, brake fluid, brake pads and brake disks - but the basic concept is actually quite simple.

Here’s how it works: Each time you press down on the brake pedal, the brake fluid gets pressurized by the master cylinder, which then causes the brake pad to press against the rotor, which works to stop your vehicle – that’s it! Pretty simple right?

Well, over time, your brake rotors and pads wear down due to regular use. And that’s why your brake system needs to be regularly inspected to ensure optimal brake performance. Getting them inspected MAY also help to prevent having costly repairs. No one like costly repairs!

So, to ensure optimal brake performance and, most importantly, your safety on the road, get those brakes inspected regularly! And make sure to watch out for those warning signs - or noises - that are telling you to take your brakes in for servicing.

Don’t forget, if you have any questions or are unsure about anything we’ve discussed, visit JiffyLube.com, or just bring your vehicle into your local Jiffy Lube and let their team give you the help you need.

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