Brake Pads Replacement in Grand Rapids, MI
Brake pads replacement is, easily, the most frequent brake service performed at All Auto Service in Grand Rapids. Because brake pads press against rotors to generate friction that slows down a car, they wear out over time. Hence the need for regular brake pads replacement.
Most manufacturers recommend that brake pads be replaced when they are down to 1mm-4mm in thickness. At All Auto Services we perform both visual inspection of the brakes, as well as measure thickness of the brake pads – this way we can give you objective and correct recommendation. How often you will need to have the brake pads replaced will depend on your driving style, on the weight of your vehicle, passengers or cargo you carry, as well as the nature of the driving ( stop-and-go traffic vs. freeway).
There are a few signs that can alert you to bring your vehicle to a local mechanic for a brake inspection:
- Brake warning light illuminated on the dashboard
- Grinding noise while braking
- Squealing or squeaking sounds when braking
- Car pulls to one side when braking
When your car exhibits any of the above behaviors/symptoms, it’s telling you that something is not right with the brakes – it’s time to call All Auto Services and schedule an appointment. Above symptoms do not necessarily mean that the brake pads have to be replaced – for example car pulling to one side could indicate stuck caliper - but these symptoms definitely indicate that a professional brake inspection is needed.
When we perform brake inspection, we not only inspect and measure brake pads, but also check calipers, brake lines, quality of the brake fluid, and we inspect rotors as well. Modern cars have much thinner rotors (to save weight and thus to improve mileage) than in the past – so rotors can get warped by heat and friction. Because they are thinner, oftentimes they cannot be resurfaced (which involves taking off a layer of metal) and have to be replaced. If rotor replacement is indicated, we will let you know before we proceed with the brake service.
When the brake pads replacement is complete, we test that the brakes work as expected, and we take the vehicle for a road test so we can check that the brakes work correctly under real driving conditions. Whenever you bring your vehicle to our Grand Rapids auto repair garage, we will provide you with results of our free digital vehicle inspection. You will also experience:
- Clean, children friendly office
- 24 month / 24,000 mile warranty
- In most cases, same day brake service completion
- Use of Original Equipment or better quality parts
- Nationally ASE certified technicians working on your car
Our technicians are ready to inspect, diagnose, and repair your vehicle’s brake system, and anything else that may not be working optimally. Since the brake system is the most important safety system on your car, we recommend regular brake inspections. Whenever you have any concerns about your car’s brake system, call All Auto Services to make an appointment, or if you prefer, make an appointment online, on our website.