Brakes & Brake Pads

Keep your brakes in top condition so they can keep you safe.

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Keep your brakes in top condition so they can keep you safe.

Your car’s brakes play a critical role in keeping you and your loved ones safe from danger and injury. Having your brakes maintained on a regular basis is the best way to spot small problems before they cause accidents. At Nissan of Athens, we offer routine brake “check-ups” and repairs to make it easy to care for your brakes – and your loved ones.

When your braking system starts to wear out, you might start to notice signs like:

  • Red or yellow “warning” light on your dashboard, usually with the letters ABS (automatic braking system)
  • A high-pitched squeal or “whistling” noise (you might hear this even when you’re not applying your brakes)
  • grinding noises
  • Vibrations when braking
  • A soft or “spongy” feeling under your foot when you depress the brake pedal
  • Having to pump the brakes or press the pedal several times to get them to work
  • Vehicle pulling to one side when braking

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Making routine brake checks a part of your car’s regular maintenance schedule can help you avoid these signs by addressing issues right away, before damage can occur.


Your Braking System

There are three primary components of a vehicle’s braking system – the rotor (or disc), the pads and the fluid – and a failure in just one of them can cause problems with the entire system.

The brake pads are attached to a caliper (think of it like a big pincer). The caliper’s pincer “straddles” the rotor, and when the brakes are applied, the caliper and pads squeeze the rotor, creating friction that slows the car down and stops it.
Over time, the pads begin to wear down, and if they’re not replaced on a regular basis, the metal tips of the caliper can begin to create grooves in the rotors. Replacing a rotor is more costly than replacing brake pads, which is one reason why having your brakes inspected on a regular basis is so important.
Brake fluid is necessary for ensuring all the components of the braking system function properly. Over time, tiny microparticles and water can be absorbed into the brake fluid, reducing its viscosity and interfering with the way the fluid performs.

During a brake inspection, all these components are carefully evaluated: the technician checks the pads for signs of wear, measures the thickness of the discs and checks (and usually replaces) the brake fluid, in addition to checking the overall function and responsiveness of your brakes.

Are your brakes in good shape?

Don’t wait until an accident happens. Keeping your brakes in top condition is important for your safety, your loved one’s safety and the safety of everyone on the road. If you’ve noticed one of the warning signs listed above or if you’d like to schedule a routine brake “check-up,” call Nissan of Athens at 888-865-0127 and speak with one of our technicians today.


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  • Saturday: 8:00am to 4:00pm
  • Sunday: 12:00pm to 5:00pm

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  • Saturday: 8:00am to 4:00pm
  • Sunday: 12:00pm to 5:00pm