Your brakes are arguably the most important safety system in your vehicle. Regular maintenance and replacement of pads and rotors and brake fluid is essential to ensuring your stopping distance and braking efficiency goes unaffected. Rotors and pads wear thin from use, and without sufficient friction material in place you lose stopping power. Squeaking or squealing noises when you apply the brake are good indicators that it’s time to have your brakes inspected. Rotors may also warp from heat and you’ll experience pulsation when the brakes are applied; this is because your pads are only making full contact a fraction of the wheel’s rotation.
Your fluid condition can be just as critical-this is what your vehicle pressurizes in order to amplify what force you apply to your brake pedal. Over time copper is leeched from the brake lines and into the fluid, creating blockages. Does your pedal feel spongey? Have Phil’s take a look.