How do my brakes work on my Nissan?
Most Nissans have disc brakes on the front wheels. Disc brakes function in much the same way as the brakes on a bicycle do. For example, when you squeeze the brakes on your bike, a set of rubber pads grip both sides of the wheel, slowing it down. With your Nissan, it’s similar except that instead of rubber pads, a hydraulic system squeezes the spinning rotors attached to your wheels with special brake pads. This, in turn, slows down your car.
What do they do when inspecting brakes?
A brake inspection is an important service that dealerships like Dave Smith Nissan perform routinely. It’s an inspection where a factory-trained mechanic evaluates all the parts of your vehicle’s braking system and verifies they function properly. Here is a list of the items that are typically inspected.
- Calipers (or wheel cylinders)
- Rotors (and/or drums)
- Pads (and/or shoes)
- Brake hardware (springs and adjusters)
- Hydraulic hoses
- Parking brake cables
- Wheel bearings and seals
- Brake fluid
How often should I have my brakes inspected?
It is generally recommended that you have your brakes inspected yearly. This allows a mechanic to spot anything that needs adjusting or repair to be done before expensive damage can occur, or worse, the safety of the car is impacted. If you’re experiencing any warning signs, as we discuss below, then a more immediate inspection may be required.
What sort of warning signs should I look for?
The first warning signs are any unusual noises that occur when you apply your brakes. Most brake pad manufacturers put little metal tabs on their brake pads that make a very distinctive squeaking sound when their pads wear thin. Also, how does the brake pedal feel? Does it engage firmly? Then there is the “pulsating brake pedal”. If your brake pedal pulses slightly when you step on the brakes, then you should have a professional mechanic look at them asap.
You can trust your Nissan’s brakes to Dave Smith Nissan
The mechanics at Dave Smith are factory-trained brake experts. If you have any concerns with your brakes, please schedule an appointment
with us so we can make sure your Nissan is working properly and is safe to drive!
At Dave Smith Nissan, the security and safety of your family is number one. We are brake system experts and take great pride in that fact!