Brakes & Brake Pads

When you need to stop fast you need to know your brakes are going to do their job.

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Don’t Wait Until Your Brakes Stop Working

Your brakes are one of the most important components of your car and could one day save a life.

Signs That Your Brakes Need to Be Serviced

  • Squeaking and/or grinding when you brake could mean your brake pads or rotors need to be changed
  • Pulling to one side or the other while you brake might mean that you need to check your brake fluid, or that your brake pads to need to be adjusted or replaced
  • A red brake dashboard light indicates a possible system imbalance
  • A yellow brake light in your dashboard means there is a potential issue with your anti-lock brake (ABS) system

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As one of the more crucial components on your vehicle, your brake could be the thing that saves your life or someone else’s. Keeping them properly maintained is vital to the performance of your vehicle. A spongy or soft brake pedal, or one that makes unusual noises like grinding or squealing, signal an issue that needs immediate professional attention. Vibrations in your car when you apply the brakes or a vehicle that pulls to the side also indicate that there is an issue with your brakes that needs to be addressed right away.

Here at Downtown Nashville Nissan, we recommend that car owners take a proactive approach to maintaining their vehicles, including the brakes. Getting a regular brake inspection by a professional technician can alert you to any potential problems so that you have them corrected before they cause safety issues. Old or leaking brake fluid or worn discs and pads can negatively affect the stopping ability of your vehicle which puts people’s lives at stake.

Basic Brake Parts and Common Problems

Brake Pads
Brake pads are manufactured with a friction material that is affixed to a steel backing. Because this friction material is what is pushed against the disc brakes when your car is stopping, it wears away over time. Unless the brake pads are replaced before this material is worn away, the disc can be damaged by the backing grinding into it. This can lead to costly repairs.
Brake Discs
While brake discs do sustain wear, they do so at a much slower rate than pads. There are a couple of telltale signs that your discs need to be changed, however. If your vehicle vibrates when you try to slow down or stop it completely, or if you need to depress the brake pedal more forcefully than you expected, take it to a certified technician right away. When you take your vehicle in to be serviced, the technician will measure each disc to determine its thickness. Depending on the findings, you might be advised to purchase new discs.
Brake Fluid
Each vehicle manufacturer has a recommended schedule of when your brake fluid should be changed. Over time, your brake fluid could become contaminated with debris or other microscopic particles. It can also absorb water. Both of these conditions can compromise the health of your brake system so that the pistons and seals don’t work as well as they were intended and make it more difficult to stop quickly.

Service Hours

  • Monday – Friday: 7:00am to 6:00pm
  • Saturday: 8:00am to 4:00pm
  • Sunday: Closed

Parts Hours

  • Monday – Friday: 7:00am to 6:00pm
  • Saturday: 8:00am to 5:00pm
  • Sunday: Closed