Brake Repair in Marion, IL
When it comes time to service or repair your brakes, consider bringing your vehicle to Volkswagen of Marion. Our dealership features a state-of-the-art service center that provides a wide range of brake services, from brake fluid changes to brake rotor repair. With our factory-trained technicians, a large inventory of OEM brake parts, and top-notch customer service, we’re fully prepared to help your Volkswagen achieve optimal braking performance.
Brake repair services at Volkswagen of Marion
When you bring your vehicle to Volkswagen of Marion for brake servicing or repair, you can rest assured that you’re leaving it in expert hands. Our certified technicians have extensive experience working with the braking systems of all Volkswagen models, so they know exactly what your car needs to deliver maximum stopping power. Some of the brakes services we offer include:
- Brake fluid changes
- Brake pad replacement
- Brake rotor resurfacing or replacement
- Brake line replacement
- Master cylinder repair
- Brake caliper repair
Volkswagen of Marion is the preferred destination for Volkswagen owners in southern Illinois who are looking for the best brake services. Our service center is equipped with the most advanced automotive diagnostic equipment to accurately and efficiently detect any brake problems your vehicle may be experiencing. We also have many service bays, which enables us to work on many vehicles at the same time and keep wait times to a minimum.
Signs your brakes need to be repaired
Sometimes, you may notice your brakes behaving in an unusual manner. Instead of trying to figure out the problem yourself, it’s best to have your brakes inspected at a service center as soon as possible. Below are a number of common signs suggesting your brakes are in need of professional attention:
Brake Warning Light
One of the most obvious indications of bad brakes is an illuminated brake warning light on your dashboard. Most modern vehicles have two brake warning lights, one for the braking system and another for the anti-lock braking system (ABS). If either of these lights comes on, it means something may be wrong with your brakes.
If you hear a squealing noise when you step on the brake pedal, it’s most likely coming from the wear indicators on the brake pads. When your brake pads are worn out, their metal backing will come into contact with the brake rotors, producing a high-pitched metallic sound. Fortunately, replacing brake pads is one of the most affordable brake repairs.
Vibration When Braking
If you feel your steering wheel shaking or your car vibrating when you apply your brakes, you may have warped brake rotors. Warped or uneven rotors can interfere with the braking system and create vibrations throughout your vehicle. To fix this problem, you may need to have your rotors resurfaced or replaced at a service center.
Leaking Brake Fluid
Leaking brake fluid often indicates that the brake master cylinder is damaged and needs to be replaced. If your vehicle is leaking brake fluid, it will likely take a longer time to come to a complete stop. Let a brake specialist check your brake fluid levels and braking system before your car loses all of its stopping abilities.
Spongy Brake Pedal
If your brake pedal feels soft or goes all the way down to the floor, it may be because of excessive moisture in your braking system or a malfunctioning master cylinder. Regardless of the cause, this is a problem that requires immediate attention.
Vehicle Pulling to One Side When Braking
A vehicle that pulls to one side when you apply the brakes probably has a faulty caliper or brake hose causing uneven brake pressure. Usually, you’ll have to bring your car to a service center to diagnose the exact issue.
How often do your brakes need servicing?
The interval for brake servicing may vary from one vehicle owner to another. If you habitually make hard stops or frequently drive in stop-and-go traffic or on hilly terrain, you can expect your brakes to wear out faster than normal. In this case, you should have your brakes inspected once every 5,000 miles or four months and should probably change your brake pads every 25,000 miles.
Under normal circumstances, it’s recommended that you get a brake inspection every 8,000 miles or six months and new brake pads every 50,000 miles. If you don’t drive often, your brake pads may last for 70,000 miles or more.
Why is it important to service and repair your brakes?
Despite being an essential safety feature, brakes are often overlooked. If your brakes are excessively worn, your vehicle may need a longer distance to come to a complete stop. This may result in a collision if you’re unable to accurately determine a safe stopping distance. Even if you have excellent driving skills, worn brakes can prevent you from reacting quickly enough to avoid an accident if another driver makes a mistake.
Additionally, bad brakes can cause your vehicle to pull to one side when you step on the brake pedal. This problem is especially dangerous if you have the habit of braking hard when traveling at a high speed. It can also increase your risk of crashing when you’re driving on slippery roads during winter.
Neglecting your brakes not only jeopardizes safety for you and your passengers, but it can also lead to high repair costs. For example, failure to replace your brake pads regularly can result in damaged brake rotors, which can be expensive to replace.
Bringing your car or SUV to a service center for routine brake maintenance is important because it ensures that every component of your braking system will be in good working order. It gives you peace of mind knowing that your brakes will work as they should when you try to slow down or stop your vehicle. While the technician is working on your brakes, they’ll also look for issues that can potentially become major problems. Fixing these issues early can help you avoid costly repairs.
Come to Volkswagen of Marion for top-quality brake services that boost your driving confidence. Contact us today to schedule an appointment.