Brake repairs and Inspection of brake pads, rotors and calipers

The functions of a disc brake

A disc brake consists of a caliper with a pad that squeezes a disc attached to the wheel. A hydraulic brake line connected to the brake pedal activates the piston(s) in the caliper and stops the vehicle. These parts must be able to move freely and require frequent inspection to make sure the effects of heat, corrosion, and wear and tear don’t cause them to seize.  

What are the signs indicating a faulty disc brakes?

If disc brakes are not inspected or maintained, they can cause your brake pedal to pulsate, make grinding or squealing metal noises, or cause the wheels or steering wheel to vibrate. If your car shakes when you apply the brakes, you need brake service now. If you’re experiencing any of these problems, the proper operation and safety of your braking system may be compromised and you should have your vehicle serviced immediately.

Some people ignored the warning signs, and keep driving long after the pads are completely worn out. But when that happens, metal brake components will grind on the rotor, damaging it enough that it needs to be resurfaced or replaced. The rotor can also warp or crack, in which case they will need to be replaced. Brake calipers also wear out over time. They can develop leaks, or the caliper piston can freeze. In that case, it is time to replace the calipers.

How often do you need to maintain your disk brakes?

Replacing brake pads is a straight forward repair. During a disc brake inspection, a certified NAPA AUTOPRO technician will determine if the discs need to be cleaned and lubricated to extend their lifespan. The technician will also check if worn brake pads or seized calipers need to be replaced and if the disc needs to be repaired or replaced. Brake fluid should be changed according to the manufacturer’s recommended maintenance schedule.   

The new pads we put on your vehicle will restore your brakes to manufacture specifications. We can also install upgraded parts to increase your power, to stop and reduce brake noise and brake dust. We have several options to meet your brake requirements and your budget. Remember, brakes wear out over time and need to be replaced.

Learn more about disc brakes from our NAPA AUTOPRO experts in the video below: