Schedule a Brake Inspection today in Healdsburg, California

How are the dog days of summer treating your brakes? If you’ve noticed reduced performance or new noises, you’re not alone. Summer brutalizes all car parts--especially the system that stops your car.

Brake Inspection and 
Repair near Santa Rosa & Petaluma CA

“Heat build-up can make a braking system less effective,” said Tony Molla, vice president of the Automotive Service Association. “It could get to the point where the brakes don’t work at all.”

Friction, leaks, and evaporation are among the brake’s enemies this time of year. Fortunately, a simple Service Appointment with the trusted experts at McConnell Chrysler can reassure you everything’s OK or correct any concerns.

ASA offers has some basic tips for post-summer brake maintenance:

  • Get your brakes inspected after prolonged exposure to extreme temperatures--like after summer and winter months. Have an expert look for pad wear, leaks, a worn or scratched brake disc.
  • Brake pads usually need replacing every 20,000 to 40,000 miles. Longevity varies by how and where you drive. For example, stop and go city wears out brake pads faster than freeway driving. Check the owner’s manual for manufacturer’s recommendations on brake replacement.
  • Use replacement brake pads that meet or exceed manufacturer’s recommendations. Pad quality varies depending on their composite materials—metal fibers, rubber compounds, silicate and resins.
  • Ask about resurfacing the rotor, or metal brake disk, if your vehicle has been driven more than 70,000 miles. Extremely worn brakes can scratch or gouge the disc and reduce braking effectiveness. Most brake replacement involves smoothing out the rotor surface for improved braking.

“If brake pads get too worn down, metal inside them can cause permanent damage to the rotor,” Molla said. “Rather than a minor brake repair, you could end up needing an expensive brake system replacement.”

Brake Service near Santa Rosa & Petaluma CA

What Are You Waiting For?

Schedule your brake inspection today, call our service department at (888) 452-6545, or stop by McConnell Chrysler at 1405 Healdsburg Avenue in Healdsburg, CA. And don't forget to check out our Service Specials!

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