Kia Brake Service in Springfield
It’s fair to say that most of us don’t think about our vehicle’s braking system very often, until it saves the day with a just-in-time stop to avoid a collision. But it’s wise to give those braking components regular attention by taking the car in for routine maintenance and letting your Kia service technician keep an eye on things. The individual parts that make up your brakes wear down over time and use, especially the brake pads and rotors. When any braking components get to the point of needing replacement, the warning signs are easy to detect. You might feel a vibrating sensation in your steering wheel, see the brake warning light come on, or hear grinding or squealing when you apply the pedal. It also might take longer than before to get the vehicle to a complete stop.
When you trust your vehicle to Balise Kia for service, we guarantee exceptional care from factory-trained pros with brand-specific knowledge and experience. In addition, we use genuine Kia parts for full compatibility and optimal function. Read on to learn more about your brakes and why you should have them inspected and serviced on a regular basis.
How Your Braking System Works
A vehicle’s braking system is easy enough to understand: when you press down on the brake pedal, hydraulic fluid is sent to the calipers to cause them to close on the rotor disc and bring the vehicle to a stop. This process creates heat (which the brake pads absorb most of) and causes wear to all of the elements involved until they inevitably have to be replaced. When they’re replaced with genuine Kia brake parts, the quality and compatibility will be superior to what you might get at a mechanical shop that’s not Kia-specific.
When Should They Be Serviced?
The general consensus is that brakes should be looked at every 5,000 to 7,500 miles (refer to your owner’s manual for the specific mileage interval). While they won’t need replacement parts that frequently, you’ll have the peace of mind of knowing that they’ve been inspected and are in good working order.
How often you’ll have to replace components depends on certain factors, such as your individual driving style and your geographic location (whether it’s hilly, for instance). Drivers with a stop-and-go commuter will probably find that their brakes wear down faster. If you’re a resident of New England, winter weather and salted roads can corrode your rotors and eventually cause pitting, which can lead to vibration and less effective braking. While light rust is normal on rotors and will wear away with the braking process, pitting is more severe and when it gets deep enough the only choice is to replace the rotors. It’s a good idea – for this and other reasons – to visit the car wash regularly during the snowy season.