Brake Service & Brake Pad Replacements

Proper brake maintenance is essential to the safety and performance of your Acura. Most are aware that brakes allow their vehicle to slow down or come to a complete stop, but often times don't quite understand how the process works. The short answer is this: as you put pressure on the brake pedal, hydraulic fluid is carried through a series of channels to the brake systems on each wheel. Friction then allows your brakes to slow the wheel by one of two ways, depending on the brake type. The first, disc brakes, consist of a brake disc/rotor, a brake caliper, and a brake pad. In this scenario, the hydraulic fluid causes the caliper to press the brake pad against the brake disc. This contact creates friction and slows the wheel. The second type, drum brakes, consist of a brake drum and brake shoes. As you stop your vehicle, the hydraulic fluid is routed to a cylinder which pushes the brake shoes against the inner surface of the brake drum. Like disc brakes, this action creates the friction necessary to slow the wheel.

At this point you might be asking, "Well, how do I know what kind of brakes I have?" That's a great question! The majority of modern vehicles these days will have disc brakes in the front and drum brakes in the rear. Some vehicles, typically more expensive models, will have disc brakes on all 4 wheels. It's also possible for a vehicle to have drum brakes on all 4 wheels, but this is quite rare for cars today.

Acura Brake Service Near Me

Are your brakes not responding like they used to? We can help! Our factory trained technicians at Crown Acura Richmond can inspect your vehicle and service any brake items that need attention. They'll use only genuine Acura brake components that are designed specifically for your vehicle, including brake pads, rotors, calipers, and more. You can rest assured knowing that your vehicle will be serviced to the same high standards as your original parts. Come visit us today for your next brake service or brake pad replacement. We're conveniently located in Richmond, VA and serve customers from Richmond and more!

Brake Service Frequently Asked Questions

Want to know more? We're here to answer some of the most common brake questions!

What are the warning signs for worn brakes?

Because brakes are essential for vehicle safety, it's important to recognize the warning signs of potential brake issues. Be alert for any strange noises that arise after pressing down on the brake pedal, including high-pitched squealing, grinding, or scraping. If you hear any of these, have your brakes inspected as soon as possible. Likewise, if you feel it's taking longer than usual for your vehicle to stop, you should visit your nearest service center. Lastly, if you see any leaking fluid or notice a burning or chemical scent while driving, pull over immediately as these could be signs leading to brake failure.

How often do brakes require servicing?

It's hard to say how often brakes need to be serviced or replaced. Generally, you should look at replacing your brake pads every 30k to 40k miles. Realistically, though, your brake pads can last longer or shorter depending on your driving habits and the environment where you live. Brake discs/rotors typically outlast your brake pads and require maintenance less frequently. Additionally, rotors can be resurfaced (or "machined") a few times before they need to be replaced. Overall, it's important to have your brakes inspected regularly with a multi-point inspection to watch for signs of wear.

What is the average cost for brake service?

There are many aspects to brake service that can impact the overall cost. For example, you may require only a simple brake bad replacement, or you might be due for a larger service like replacing rotors or exchanging brake fluid. Additionally, the model and size of your vehicle can also impact the cost. Crown Acura Richmond is proud to offer competitive pricing on a variety of brake services for Acura models. We also provide many service specials to help keep maintenance even more affordable for our customers. Stop by today or schedule an appointment online!

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