Brakes are essential safety components for your Nissan, so it is crucial that you keep them in the best possible shape over the years. Without properly functioning brakes, you won’t be able to slow or stop your vehicle safely. This can put both you and other drivers on the road at risk, as you’ll be more likely to get into an accident when you can’t stop in time to avoid it. There are several components to a brake system service, but you won’t necessarily need to have them all done at the same time. Here’s what you need to know.
This is the most common brake system service and the one you will need most frequently. When you step on the brake pedal, the brake pads apply pressure to slow down your wheels so that your vehicle can come to a stop. Over time, all of that pressure causes the pads to wear down, resulting in the need for replacement. Your front brake pads will take more of the pressure, so you’ll typically need to change them more often than the rear brake pads.
The brake pads apply pressure on the rotors to stop your wheels, resulting in wear and tear. Your auto technician should check your rotors every time they replace your brake pads. If you replace the pads before they are fully worn down, you may be able to have your brake rotors resurfaced rather than needing to replace them. Resurfacing is much more affordable, so it is in your best interest to replace your brake pads sooner rather than later. You should expect to replace the rotors every two to three brake pad changes, as resurfacing will only get you so far.
A brake fluid exchange, also called a fluid flush, will clear out any debris that has built up in your brake system. This will keep it running as efficiently as possible. Your technician should check your brake fluid at each brake system service, though you should only need to flush the system every 20,000 to 30,000 miles, or about every 3 years, depending on your driving habits.
When you bring your Nissan in for any service, your technician should include a thorough inspection of all its components, including the brake system. This will alert you to any potential problems and let you know when you will next need brake services.
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