GM Certified Brake Service
It’s a huge understatement to say that your vehicle’s brakes are critical to its safe operation. All you have to do is think about how many times a day you count on them to stop you and keep you from harm. But like any automotive system, they can only work their best if you make sure they’re well maintained. The good news is that doing so is easy when you put that maintenance in the hands of your trusted GM-certified technicians. The expert knowledge of the service staff at Hurd Auto Mall can’t be matched. They’ll also go above and beyond to watch for signs of any developing mechanical issues, to stay on top of maintenance and help you avoid extensive repairs. We have state-of-the-art diagnostic tools in our shop and always use genuine GM parts. That’s the peace of mind you need when it comes to something as vital as your car’s brakes.
How To Tell When Brakes Need Service
Nothing lasts forever, and that includes automotive braking components. After all, they endure a whole lot each time they bring your vehicle to a stop. Everything involved – the brake pads, calipers, cylinders, and so on – will wear down over time. The rotors may also become rusty and pitted, especially when they’re exposed to road salt and even the briny air of Rhode Island’s coastal environment.
Your braking system has ways of letting you know that it needs attention, with changes in the feeling or sound when you step on the pedal. The most telltale sign, of course, is a longer stopping time. Worn brake components can also cause squealing, grinding, or chirping noises, and the uneven surface of pitted rotors may make the vehicle vibrate and shimmy. Any of these would be your sign to get the vehicle to your service team as quickly as possible. If you feel that it’s already unsafe to drive the vehicle any further, don’t take chances: have it towed to the shop instead.
How Often Should My GM Brakes Be Serviced?
The interval that GM recommends for a brake check is in line with the interval for changing the vehicle’s oil and oil filter: roughly 7,500 miles for typical driving conditions, with more frequent attention if you drive under more severe circumstances. With this handy interval, you can have your GM technician inspect the braking system while the vehicle is on the lift for its new oil and filter. You should perform these services more frequently if you regularly put the vehicle through heavy and repeated braking, if you regularly carry or tow heavy cargo, or you drive over hilly terrain or in climate extremes.
Hurd Auto Mall wants to make it as convenient as possible for you to have your vehicle serviced here. Our location at 1705 Hartford Avenue in Johnston, RI, is easy to get to. Just call our Service Department at 401-441-6386 to schedule, or make your appointment online. For service while you wait, we offer a clean and comfortable waiting area with free Wi-Fi and refreshments, plus a play area for children. For more extensive repairs, we offer shuttle service and loaner cars.