What Is This? There are two main components of brake maintenance: Brake Fluid Flush: Brake fluid is what stops your vehicle. The brake fluid is what transfers the force from pressing on your brake pedal to stop your vehicle. Fluid also acts as a lubricant for the various parts of your brake system to ensure proper operation. This fluid absorbs moisture and becomes contaminated over time. The brake fluid needs to be removed and replaced with clean brake fluid at regular intervals.
WHEN?Every 40,000 kms Cost for a mid sized vehicle: $89.00 labour + cost of fluid.
Brake Service: Regular brake servicing is important to extend the life of the vehicle's brake components and extend the life of individual brake components. The service includes taking off the tires and servicing the discs or drums, rotors and calipers.
The disc brake caliper (1) squeezes brake pads (2) against either side of the rotor (3). The rotor is part of the hub (4), to which the wheel attaches. photograph by Joe Wiesenfelder, Cars.com
When?: Front and rear brakes every 20,000 kms. Cost: Disc brake front or rear: $97.50 each Drum brakes front or back: $195.00 each
What happens if I don't do this? If brakes aren’t serviced and brake fluid flushes aren't done on a regular basis the brake system will wear more quickly than necessary. This leads to parts needing to be replaced more often or to more extensive repairs. The fluid will become contaminated and will not work as effectively, which means your vehicle won't stop as well as it should. For example, in the scenario below you will save about $200.00 by getting your brakes serviced and extending the life of your calipers for an extra year. Front brake estimate only: Replacing brake pads/rotors for a vehicle: Approx. $475.00 Replacing brake pads, rotors and calipers: Approx. $860.00 The worst case scenario of not caring for your brakes is of course, BRAKE FAILURE.
CAR CARE TIP: If you notice any of the following signs and symptoms when you brake ... -flashing brake warning light on dash -squealing, chirping or grinding noises -pulsations in the brake pedal -shaky steering wheel when stepping on the brake -increased stopping distance -car pulls to one side when you step on the brake ...your brakes may require servicing. Make an appointment for a brake inspection.