Have Your Brakes Checked For Your Safety

No other system of your vehicle impacts your safety more than your brakes. Making sure that your brakes are operating properly is is vital and yet is often overlooked until they start to show symptoms of malfunctioning. That annoying screeching or grinding sound coming from the wheels when the brake pedal is pressed is a sign that your brakes should be checked by a Certified Nissan Brake Technician at Koeppel Nissan in Queens NY.

Why Your Brakes Need To Be Checked Regularly

All vehicles' brake system work essentially the same way. When you want to stop your vehicle you press the brake pedal which applies pressure in the master cylinder, directly above the brake pedal inside the engine compartment. The master cyclinder is filled with hydraulic brake fluid that flows through brake lines to each wheel and pushes against a piston in the brake caliper. In a disc brake system, that caliper resembles a claw that grabs the brake rotor disc from both sides with brake pads and creates tremendous friction to bring your vehicle to a stop. In a drum brake system, the principle is the same except for the mechanics of the brake shoes that push out against the drum that they are housed inside. The constant usage and extreme temperature swings that brake pads and shoes experience, especially in the demanding traffic conditions of Queens New York City, cause them to wear out faster than other parts of your vehicle. That is why you should have your brakes checked regularly, before they show signs of failure, to ensure that your ride is as safe as possible. Having a multi-point inspection done when you have your oil changed is a great way to keep informed of approximately how much time you have left before your brakes will need service. Our Technicians will inspect your brake pads or shoes and your Service Advisor will tell you how much material is left on them and roughly how much time you have before they need to be replaced. Your safety is our top priority.

Warning Signs That Your Brakes Need Checking Soon

The most common issue that drivers experience with their brakes is noise coming from the wheels when you step on the brake pedal. Brake pads and shoes are equipped with little metal tabs that contact the rotor or drum when the pad material has worn down to a certain point. This basic warning system alerts you that you have a short time before your pads or shoes wear completely down to metal and you do significant damage to your rotors or drums, requiring them to be replaced. If you hear screeching or grinding when you step on your brake pedal, contact Koeppel Nissan Brake Service Center in Queens for a brake checkup as soon as possible.

Another common brake issue is a burning smell coming from a wheel. This could be caused by a frozen caliper that doesn't recede from the rotor or drum after the brake pedal is released. The pads or shoes are in constant contact with the brake surface and will overheat and wear out prematurely. If you smell something burning around your wheel, call Koeppel and let us inspect your brakes.

Does you brake pedal feel "spongy" or soft or does it go all the way to the floor? This could be a sign that there is air in your brake lines possible caused by a pinhole leak or some other breach of the brake fluid system. This is a serious condition that could put you in the dangerous position of not being able to stop when you need to, resulting in a collision. Do not attempt to drive your vehicle when your brake system shows these symptoms. Contact Koeppel Nissan and have your vehicle towed to our Queens NY Service Facility where we can inspect your brake system and make the necessary repairs to get you back out on the roads of New York City in a safely operating automobile.


Koeppel Nissan

74-15 Northern Blvd
Directions Jackson Heights, NY 11372

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