FREE BRAKE INSPECTION
Your car needs a Brake Inspection if:
- > Brake pedal feels spongy
- > Steering wheel is shaking
- > Car is wobbling or pulsating when you drive at highway speeds
- > Brakes are grinding, squeaking or squealing
Our technicians will perform a 6-step process & deliver a report with recommendations for the safety of your vehicle.
WHAT DOES A FREE BRAKE INSPECTION INCLUDE?
Our technicians meticulously examine every aspect of your vehicle’s braking system while you relax at our waiting area. Here's the six-step process:
1. Test Drive
Depending on your discussion with our Service Advisor, our technicians may test drive your car to observe all symptoms firsthand. A test drive is their chance to experience any sounds or smells you pointed out, document anything that seems abnormal, and get a general idea of what’s going on. They’ll check the brake lights for proper operation as well.
2. Visual Inspection
Following the test drive, our technician will pop the car’s hood for a visual inspection of the engine area. They’ll take a look at your vehicle’s master cylinder, power booster, brake lines, vacuum hose, and combination valve. In particular, the technician will look for signs of damage or leaking fluids.
3. Brake Fluid Check
Brake fluid helps turn the movement of your brake pedal into the power needed to stop your vehicle. It’s also a lubricant and anti-corrosion fluid that helps to make sure your vehicle’s brake system works optimally. A technician will lower a test strip into your brake fluid to diagnose its condition. These strips are similar to the pH testing strips you may have used in high school. A brake fluid test ensures that your vehicle’s brake fluid is in good shape and uncontaminated by other substances and that the fluid level isn’t too low.
4. Undercarriage Inspection
After the under-the-hood check is complete, your vehicle is raised on a lift. Our technician inspects the undercarriage for physical damage, wear, and leaks. They also check the front brake hoses, mounting brackets, and wheel cylinders for damage or rust. Any abnormalities are documented along the way.
5. Wheel Component Check
Up next is a wheel inspection. Your vehicle remains on the lift but is lowered a bit so the technician can check wheel bearings for excessive movement and other such hazards. The technician will then remove your vehicle’s wheels to inspect the hub and lug nut holes for unsafe wear or damage.
Additionally, they’ll carefully check both calliper assemblies for a variety of issues, like rusted calliper slides and signs of leaking fluid. Brake rotors are carefully measured and checked for physical damage.
The callipers engage your brake pads. Your brake pads apply pressure to the rotor, which directly connects to each wheel. This pressure creates the friction needed to slow or stop your vehicle. When the rotor slows, so do your wheels.
6. Braking Component Assessment
Then, technicians will remove your vehicle’s rear brake drums to inspect them for a variety of different problems, including cracks and hard spots. They’ll compare all findings to the manufacturer’s specifications.
The brake check concludes with a variety of detailed inspections. Wheel cylinders, pins, springs, washers, pads, the backing plate, and primary and secondary brake shoes are all inspected for damage, distortion, or abnormal wear and tear.