Volkswagen Brake Service

April 8th, 2022 by

When you think about it, brakes are one of the most impressive components on your Volkswagen. After all, this system allows slight pressure from your foot to be channeled into enough force to quickly bring a heavy vehicle to a stop. Given the critical nature of your brakes for your safety, it is also important to ensure that they system is operating as intended with regular service.

If you are looking for Volkswagen brake service, City Volkswagen of Evanston has your back. Let’s look at the different types of brake service we provide, when you might need each, and what they entail.

Brake Inspection

A brake inspection is one of the most important services that we provide. Many times, brakes need maintenance or repairs without the drivers even realizing it. An inspection is a critical service to get periodically to ensure that your brakes are functioning properly.

Our Volkswagen brake services in Evanston include a free brake inspection. We want to make sure that you are as safe as possible on the road. This inspection includes a complete assessment of the status of your brake system. Our certified mechanics will check your brake fluid, lines, hoses, assemblies, and other components.

Many people ask how often they should get a brake inspection. Typically, Volkswagen owners should schedule a brake inspection every 10,000 miles. This can allow for issues to be caught and repaired before more costly repairs are needed or performance suffers. However, if you are between inspections and experience issues such as a grinding noise when braking or difficulty stopping, schedule an inspection.

Brake Pad Replacement

The most frequent maintenance that you will need for your Volkswagen braking system is a brake pad replacement. Brake pads consist of a steel plate with friction material attached to it. They press against the rotors to provide the friction needed to bring your vehicle to a stop. As you might imagine, this effort creates a lot of heat and friction that wear your brake pads down over time.

As your brake pads wear down, your car typically takes longer to stop. Fortunately, your brake pads are made of quality material and wear very slowly. However, this tends to create a situation where your stopping time increases so slowly that you don’t notice as you become accustomed to it. As a result, many people do not realize that their brake pads need changing even when their braking performance has been affected.

A brake inspection will reveal if it is time for you to change your brake pads. Typically, brake pads last at least 30,000 miles but can wear out quicker or last longer depending on the quality of pads purchased and your driving habits. If you are hearing a metallic sound when you are braking, you almost certainly need new pads and could be damaging other components.

Brake Rotor Resurfacing & Replacement

Your Volkswagen brake system contains rotors, which are metal discs that are attached inside each wheel. This is the service that your brake pad presses against to stop the wheel from turning, bringing your vehicle to a stop. Since the rotor rotates with the wheel, the friction from the pad causes it (and the wheel) to stop turning.

Over time, your rotors can become worn. This typically has one of three major causes. First, your rotors can wear from sudden stops. This is one of the reasons why slowly braking over a longer distance is better for your vehicle. Your rotors can also wear from heat generated if you ride the brake excessively such as braking down a hill. Finally, worn brake pads can lead to metal-to-metal contact that can damage your rotors.

Part of our brake service in Evanston involves resurfacing or replacing your rotors if needed. Resurfacing involves grinding your rotors to make the surface smooth again. However, in cases of extreme damage, they will need to be replaced as rotors need to be a minimum thickness. Damage to rotors is typically found during a brake inspection. If you are experiencing vibration or grinding noises when braking, you should schedule an inspection

Brake Fluid Exchange

Brake fluid is the most important part of your braking system. It is this hydraulic fluid that generates the pressure necessary for the system to function, amplifying the pressure you put on the brake pedal to enough force to stop your car.

Your brake fluid will attract moisture over time, leading to it becoming contaminated. The heat that the fluid is exposed to can accelerate this process. Brake fluid that is contaminated can lead to poor braking performance and corrosion to metal parts.

Brake fluid does not need to be change often. In fact, brake fluid in Volkswagens is typically changed out roughly every three years. As part of our brake service, we check to ensure the quality of your brake fluid, pinpointing problems that may result in a need for an exchange.

Final Thoughts

Brakes are critical for the safety of you and your loved ones. The best Volkswagen brake service in Evanston is provided by City Volkswagen of Evanston. Schedule your free brake inspection to ensure that your brake system operates effectively.