Complete Brake Pad Service
Your brake pads are a critical part of bringing your car to a stop, but they don't last forever. Some key signs that your brake pads need to be replaced are:
- Grinding or sharp piercing sounds when you apply the brakes.
- Brake warning light appearing on the dashboard.
- Shaking of the steering wheel or brake pedal when coming to a stop.
- The feeling that your car isn't stopping as quickly as it used to or that you need to push harder on the brake pedal than before.
- Measured brake pad thickness of 3mm or less.
Luckily, it's no problem for Zippity to get your car's brake system back into great shape. Whether you're booking it ahead of time or our technicians suggest it on your service day, every Complete Brake Pad Service includes:
- An inspection of your entire brake system.
- Replacement of your brake pads per manufacturer specifications.
- Cleaning of the caliper slides and mounts.
- A quick test drive to check braking performance.
Depending on the results of our inspection, we may suggest additional services to bring your brake system into excellent working condition. This may include Brake Rotor Replacement, Brake Caliper Service, or Brake Fluid Service.
Brake service frequency varies significantly depending on your driving habits and environment. Stop-and-go traffic, mountainous terrain, and city driving can affect the lifespan of your brake system components - meaning there's no hard and fast rule for the number of miles between pad or rotor replacements. That's why we recommend a Brake Inspection with every Zippity service, so our technicians can take a close up look at your vehicle and check if any work is necessary for safe braking performance.
We inspect and document the condition of your entire brake system, including:
- Brake pedal
- Master cylinder
- Brake line
- Brake fluid
If we find any issues with your brakes we'll immediately contact you with our recommendations to fix them.
Depending on the results of our inspection, we may suggest additional services to bring your brake system into excellent working condition. This may include Complete Brake Pad Service, Brake Rotor Replacement, Brake Caliper Service, or Brake Fluid Service.
A Brake Inspection is included in all of our Service Packages or can be booked as a separate service.
Brake Rotor Replacement
Brake rotors, also known as brake discs, are the smooth metal plates attached to your wheels that work with the brake pads to slow down you car.
As your rotors wear out they lose their ability to dissipate heat, reducing the strength of your brake system. Rotors can also become rusted and pitted over time from ice, salt, and road grime. This corrosion effectively reduces the surface area of your rotors and impairs your brake performance.
Symptoms of worn brake rotors include:
- Vibration when braking.
- Grinding or squealing sounds from the wheels while driving.
- Rust, pitting, and grooves on the rotor surface that won't go away, even after driving many miles.
Brake Rotor Replacement includes removal and disposal of your old, worn brake rotors and installation of brand new brake rotors per factory specs for your vehicle.
Brake Caliper Service
Your calipers are the part that actually squeezes the brake pad against the rotor to slow your car and bring it to a stop. Calipers need to be well lubricated and free of corrosion to work effectively.
Problematic calipers may feel "grabby" - like they're dragging the car even when you're foot isn't on the brake pedal. They can also make the car "pull" to the side when you brake.
Depending on the condition of your calipers, we may disassemble and clean your calipers or replace them with new calipers per factory specs. Cleaning includes dismounting the caliper, cleaning the slides, bushings and pins, and lubricating all contact points with a high-temperature brake lubricant.
Brake Fluid Service
The pressure of the brake fluid is what allows your brake system to stop the car using all four brake pads and rotors.
When brake fluid gets low, the ability to apply this pressure is reduced and you may find yourself having to press the pedal all the way to the floor to get the car to come to a stop. You might also find fluids on the ground underneath your parked car that have leaked from the brake fluid reservoir.
Every Brake Fluid Service includes:
- An inspection of the brake fluid system for leaks, corrosion, and damage.
- Removal and environmentally-sensitive disposal of the old brake fluid.
- Replacement with new DOT-approved brake fluid.
- Bleeding of the brake system.
We typically recommend this service every 20,000 miles, although it varies based on make, model, and driving conditions. We'll recommend Brake Fluid Service if we find it's necessary during our Brake Inspection.
Parts & Warranty
Zippity has partnered with Advance Auto Parts to provide factory authorized original equipment and parts. We use CarQuest Wearever brake pads, which are premium original equipment replacement brake pads with:
- Superior stopping power.
- A multi-lay SoundLock noise damping shim for ultra-quiet braking.
- 12 Month, 12,000 mile warranty against manufacturer's defects.