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Apply this coupon towards brake pad replacment and rotor resurfacing per axle. One coupon per customer. Cannot be combined with any other offer. Valid on Acura and Honda vehicles. Not valid on NSX and TL Type S. See dealer for complete details. Tax and shop supplies not included. offer expires 12/31/2018.
Together with your car's tires, your braking system is one of the most critical safety components on your vehicle. While modern braking systems can provide some indicators as to when they might need to be looked at, the feedback doesn't cover all components. From the point of view of both cost and safety, it's best to simply have your brakes checked periodically as part of your vehicle's normal maintenance routine before any symptoms become noticeable.
Brake shoes and pads
Most modern cars are equipped with disc brakes, although drum brakes are sometimes used on the rear wheels. With disc braking systems, pads clamp onto a rotor disc to slow down and stop the vehicle. Both the pads and discs are subject to wear. If a pad is worn down, you may hear a squealing or grinding sound during braking, or even feel some grinding through the pedal. These can both be indicators that your brakes need to be looked at and that the discs might need replacing. If the pad wears through to the metal, it will cause damage to the disc and be more expensive to repair, not to mention being a significant safety risk.
The rear wheels are sometimes equipped with drum brakes, and these contain shoes which apply pressure to the inside of the wheel drum to stop the vehicle. As with disc brake pads, drum shoes wear out over time and must be replaced, although rear brake shoes usually last longer as it is the front wheels that do most of the braking work.
When a technician examines the brakes on your vehicle, amongst other things the rotors, pads and shoes will be inspected for wear, uneven wear, cracks or signs of glazing. Your report will include the percentage of wear left on your pads and shoes.
Hydraulic systems: master cylinder, calipers and wheel cylinders
The master cylinder is the heart of your vehicle's brake system. When you press the brake pedal, the master cylinder forces hydraulic fluid through a combination of valves, steel pipes and rubber hoses to the disc brake calipers and rear wheel drum brake cylinders. With disc brakes, the calipers will force the brake pads to clamp onto the rotors. With drum brakes, the rear wheel cylinders force the shoes to press against the interior of the rear wheel drums.
These hydraulic components all operate under high pressure and over time leaks may develop. Therefore, all of these components are examined during a brake inspection together with the brake pedal, the brake booster pumps and power sensors, and the anti-lock sensors.
Hydraulic brake fluid
Brake fluid is hygroscopic in nature, which means it is designed to absorb and retain moisture. Due to the fact that many brake components are made of metal, humidity control is necessary to prevent corrosion which might lead to a potential brake failure. However, as the brake fluid absorbs and retains moisture, the fluid's boiling point is lowered. Heat is generated during braking, particularly during frequent or heavy braking. If the brake fluid is taken above its boiling point, it may generate vapor bubbles and potentially cause brake failure.
Further, the acidity of brake fluid rises as it ages and retains moisture, and this can lead to accelerated corrosion and wear of expensive brake system components. Therefore, it is recommended that your brake fluid be flushed and replaced at least every two years, if you have not been advised by your service technician to do so sooner.
Common brake problem symptomsIf you experience any of the symptoms below, it is recommended that you book-in your vehicle for a brake inspection as soon as possible.
- A brake warning indicator lights up on the dashboard: modern vehicle braking systems are often computer assisted. While a dashboard light signal could be due to a faulty sensor, it is best to have it checked out by a technician.
- Shaking, grinding, or squealing during braking. Some degree of squealing may simply be due to the high-frequency vibration which occurs as the brake pads clamp onto the disc. However, squealing can also be indicative of pad wear, as is any shaking or grinding which occurs during braking. Each of these symptoms is indicative of a potential problem either with your pads, rotors, or shoes. It's best to have it checked.
- Spongy brake pedal. Some pedal sinking can be attributed to fluctuations in the engine vacuum used by the brake booster which provides power-assist. A degree of pedal sinking is a normal characteristic of brake booster assistance. However, it can also be a potential sign of a hydraulic leak. If you apply the brake and then feel the pedal sink further after you've pressed it, or if you need to pump the pedal, it's advisable to get your brakes checked. Hydraulic fluid leaks are potentially very dangerous, so if in doubt, have the brakes inspected as soon as possible.
- Pulls to one side: if your vehicle pulls to one side or the other when you apply the brakes, this is an indication of uneven pressure being applied by the braking system. During heavy braking, this has the potential to cause skidding on one side and loss of control. Get the brakes checked as soon as possible.
- Brake pedal or steering wheel shudder: if either your brake pedal or steering wheel shudders when you brake, your rotors may be distorted. If so, book your car in for a brake inspection.
The Karen Radley Acura Advantage
A Karen Radley Acura, we only fit Acura Genuine or approved brake components that have been designed specifically for your vehicle.
Acura approved brake components:
Are engineered for your vehicle's maximum speed and weight. For each Acura model, the material composition, pad and disc thickness is specific to each vehicle's engine type.
- Provide for peak brake performance and shorter braking distances, offering greater safety and reliability across all speeds, operating temperatures and weather conditions.
- Are durable, highly wear-resistant, and engineered for uniform braking performance.
- backed by Radley Acura's 1 year Replacement Parts Limited Warranty covering both parts and labor.
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