Jaguar Brakes

Jaguar Car Breaks

You used your brakes every time you drive your car, but do you really know how your vehicle brakes work? Brakes are an essential component to your vehicle and help you and your passengers stay safe, but it’s important to routinely check on the condition of your brakes and brake pads to ensure they are working at their best while you’re on Malibu and Pacific Palisades roads.

How Do Car Brakes Work?

When you push down on the brake pedal, a lever pushes a piston into a hydraulic fluid-filled cylinder causing the brake pad to push against the brake disc. This friction allows the outer wheels to slow and eventually bring the vehicle to a full stop. In certain models, instead of the cylinder pressing against the brake disc, it will push against the brake drum to reduce the speed of your vehicle.

How to Care for Your Brakes

One of the best and easiest things Brentwood drivers can do to take care of their brakes is by having them checked once a year. But in the meantime, you can use these helpful tips to help you keep track of your brake quality:

  • Watch and listen for the warning signs that there may be something wrong
  • Avoid braking when drivers in front of you are braking unnecessarily
  • Coast to slow down before you apply the brakes
  • Have your brake fluid levels checked often and replaced when needed

Signs You Need Your Brakes Checked

While there are plenty of ways you can make adjustments to your driving to reduce brake wear or doing an inspection at home, sometimes it’s best to leave it to the professionals. If you encounter any of the following, be sure to have your vehicle looked at by our service center:

  • The brake light is on
  • There’s squeaking or grinding sounds when you brake
  • You notice fluid is leaking
  • You smell something burning from your vehicle
  • The vehicle bounces when you stop short

Visit Jaguar Santa Monica to Learn More!

If it’s time to get your brake pads replaced, rely on our dedicated service department here at Jaguar Santa Monica. And, you can learn more about vehicle maintenance like how long to charge an electric vehicle or how to clean your leather seats. Contact us today if you have any questions or to schedule an appointment.

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