Highly Skilled Repair for Your Brake System
Certified specialists maintain your luxury car’s most important safety feature
The most important safety feature of any automobile is its brakes. But high-performance vehicles with quicker acceleration require even greater response from their braking systems than run-of-the-mill commuter cars. To make sure your luxury European automobile retains its ability to stop “on a dime,” trust Oldwick Village Garage for your scheduled maintenance. Our mechanics are certified specialists, trained to work on a wide range of luxury vehicles, including BMW, Mercedes, Porsche, VW/Audi, Jaguar/Rover and Exotics. There’s no reason to compromise on your safety, when cost-effective repairs are easy to schedule and completed on time.
Regularly scheduled brake maintenance for luxury European cars
To keep your car running efficiently and to remain in compliance with your warranty, you should have regularly scheduled maintenance performed. This usually means having your brake fluid checked at every service and getting your brake system fully flushed every two years or whenever the water moisture content reaches two percent or more. At Oldwick Village Garage, our mechanics are certified to perform regularly schedule maintenance on a wide range of luxury European automobiles.
Signs that a mechanic should look at your brakes
In addition to your manufacturer’s recommended maintenance, you’ve also got to be alert to signs that something might be amiss. Obvious signs your brakes need attention include:
- Mush – If you depress the brakes and it feels like you put your foot in a bucket of mud, you may be low on brake fluid, possibly due to a leak. Mushy brakes do not have full stopping power, and you can find yourself traveling a much longer distance before coming to a stop. If this is the case, your vehicle is not safe to drive and should be towed in to the shop.
- Pulling to one side – If you feel the vehicle veer to one side when you apply the brakes, a caliper could be failing and not releasing. This is another unsafe condition. Get your car to a shop as soon as possible.
- Squeaks and squeals – Brakes can make a variety of noises, and some, though annoying, are pretty benign. Brakes can squeal for different reasons including, rust, low quality pads, and seizing calipers. The worst sound is a metal-on-metal grinding noise that indicates your brake pads material are worn completely and metal backing is touching your rotors. This is another unsafe condition and vehicle should not be driven.
- Vibrating steering wheel and/or brake pedal – These are signs of excessive lateral runout, which means there’s too much side-to-side movement in the rotor. This is not only unnerving for the driver; it will cause wear to the rotor and the break pad.
- Odor – A burning smell could indicate a failed brake caliper. A brake caliper can seize and not release, leaving the brakes on all the time. Any burning smell you think could be related to your vehicle you should get the vehicle in ASAP for inspection. Smoke coming from the inside of your wheel would also be a sign of this.
Problems with your brake system not only put you and your passengers at risk, they can also cause problems for other parts of your car, such as your suspension. Delaying service on your brakes is never a good idea; you’re inviting an accident and additional mechanical damage to your car.
Tips to extend the life of your brakes
Certain driving habits can also put additional wear and tear on your brakes. To avoid unnecessary wear, we recommend you:
- Don’t be a jack rabbit – Sudden acceleration, especially in congested situations, can force you to suddenly apply your brakes. Too much braking can cause the system to overheat, leading to warped rotors and unnecessary wear.
- Care for your tires – Brakes stop your wheels, but tires stop your car. To get the most out of your stopping power, make sure you keep your tires properly inflated and rotate them on a regular schedule. Check the tread to be sure you’re not riding on bald tires.
- Keep your wheels clean – Dirt and grime can hurt the efficiency of your braking system. Mud on your wheels will also make the wheel out of balance and cause a shimmy at higher speeds.
Caring for your brakes on a regular basis will ensure your brakes are healthy and responsive when you most need them.
Get trustworthy brake service for your European luxury car
Don’t let a brake problem put your life and your vehicle at risk. Oldwick Village Garage specializes in European makes and models, so we provide the best available brake service for your BMW, Mercedes, Porsche, VW/Audi, Jaguar/Rover and Exotics. Call us today at (908) 439-2236 to schedule an appointment.