With a properly functioning brake system, the brake caliper squeezes the brake pads together, creating friction between the pads and the brake rotors (also known as discs). Brake fluid can also alter your braking system’s operation, and a good rule of thumb is to replace brake fluid whenever you replace brake pads. Please see below for further service indicators.

There are many indicators that you need brake services performed:

Your dashboard’s brake warning light turns on and remains on. This is urgent and can be very dangerous.

Your brake pedal feels “off,”. You need to push the brake farther down than usual. This can mean you need pads.

Your vehicle pulls to one side or the other when the brakes are applied. Getting pulled to one side is never a good thing!

You feel the steering wheel vibrate, or your car begin pulsating when your brakes are applied at speed. Pulsating = BAD!

You hear irregular noises (scraping/squeaking) coming from the vehicle when the brakes are applied.

Perhaps most obviously, your vehicle needs longer distances to stop than it used to. This is very unsafe. 


Brake Inspection

Typically recommended every 12,000 miles, or once a year, a Kwik Kar technician will conduct an inspection of the brake system’s linings and other key components to determine if your brakes are due for service. Service recommendations are based on component condition and/or vehicle manufacturer recommendation.

Brake Pad Replacement

The most common brake service involves the wearing down of brake pads over time and use. Inside the caliper, these pads compress the rotor to create friction and slow the wheel. Hard-stopping and frequent braking can accelerate the natural wear and tear of brake pads, often requiring them to be replaced sooner than the vehicle manufacturer recommends.

Brake Pad Wear Sensor

When your brakes have had enough or another component is amiss, this sensor will trigger your dashboard’s “brake warning light” to notify you that something is wrong. Kwik Kar’s certified technicians will inspect and replace this sensor, if necessary.

Brake Rotor Replacement

Over time and use, or through corrosion, overheating, or even consistent weather exposure, a brake rotor can become warped and inefficient, putting further stress on the components of your brake system. Kwik Kar’s technicians can inspect and replace these brake discs to ensure not only your safety, but the natural wear of your brake system maintains consistency.

Brake Fluid System Flush

A Kwik Kar Technician will determine if this service is due for your vehicle. The old brake fluid will be removed and then replaced with new fluid that meets or exceeds your vehicle manufacturer’s recommendations.

Brake Warning Lights

Functioning brakes are just part of driving safely. Like turn signals, letting other people know you are braking is essential to you, and every other vehicle around you; failing brake warning lights could lead to your vehicle being rear-ended, or worse. Distracted drivers may often over-rely on the bright flash of these lights to resume vigilant vehicle operation. A Kwik Kar certified technician can inspect your warning lights, and potentially replace them, if need be, ensuring a safe trip home for you and yours.


Experienced professionals ready to get you safely back on the road.

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