Nissan Brake Service in Springfield
The importance of a properly functioning braking system can’t be underestimated. If you visit a Nissan-certified technician, you’ll have the peace of mind knowing that a professional trained specifically to maintain your vehicle is on the job. Since our technicians work with these cars, trucks, and SUVs day after day, they’ve developed expert knowledge and understanding of all aspects related to your particular model and other Nissan products. For more information on the Nissan-certified advantage and the importance of regular brake maintenance, continue reading.
How Do Brakes Work?
There are three main components to a vehicle’s braking system: the rotor, the caliper, and the brake pad. When you push your foot down on the brake pedal, hydraulic fluid gets sent through a system of hoses and causes the caliper to squeeze the rotor disc. When pressure from the caliper is applied, the rotor stops moving due to friction which then creates heat. The brake pad is designed to take the brunt of this heat and protect the caliper and rotor. Over time, though, these parts wear down – even faster if they’re not taken care of. Regular brake checks (generally done at each oil change visit) are paramount to making sure everything is functioning as it should, and allowing your service team to find developing issues early.
How Often Should They Be Serviced?
Every once in a while, we all need to stop on a dime when a sudden hazard presents itself on the road. To be ready for these unpredictable yet inevitable times, you need to keep your brakes in their best condition. How often you’ll need to replace components depends entirely on your individual driving habits. If you ride your car’s brakes, slam on them routinely, or operate in a lot of stop-and-go traffic, they’ll wear down faster than they would with more conservative driving habits. The good news is that worn brakes rarely surprise us. Instead, they offer a variety of telltale signs that they’re due for replacement. If your car pulls to one side, squeals, grinds, or suddenly takes longer to stop when you’re braking, it’s time to take it in to the shop for a safety check.
Winter Is Not Your Brakes’ Best Friend
Whether you’ve lived in New England all your life or you’re a new resident, you know that the winters can be harsh. Since salt is used to treat roads during slick conditions, your rotors can become pitted when that corrosive salt builds up on the metal. When the rotors aren’t smooth, you’ll notice that braking becomes less effective, usually accompanied by vibration. To avoid this kind of damage, keep your car in a garage if possible, and take a spin through the car wash when you notice that wintertime salty buildup. As mentioned before, keep up your regular service visits to your Nissan-certified team. They’ll make sure that your braking system is always functioning at its best, using genuine Nissan components.