Brake Maintenance and Repair Services in Tucson

Why do I have Screechy Brakes?

In the Service department at Larry H. Miller Chrysler Jeep Tucson, we care about your vehicle stopping safely and not making any screechy noises. When it comes to your Vehicle Brakes, we know you have questions and as your trusted vehicle service resource, we want to help!

We've compiled a list of the most frequently asked questions on Brake Service and Repair


We're always happy to help with any questions you might have. Just give us a call at (866) 447-1843 or click here to schedule your service appointment.

How often should I have my brakes checked? 

We recommend at every 5,000 mile service interval when the tires are rotated.  This is a perfect time to inspect the wear and condition of the brakes.
 

How often should my brake fluid be replaced? 

We recommend every 3 years or 30,000  miles.  This will help ensure the least amount of moisture within the brake system.
 

What should I do if I hear a scraping or grinding noise coming from my brakes? 

We recommend immediate inspection of the brakes.  If not attended to immediately it could result in an even more costly repair.
 

Disc Brakes or Drum Brakes- What's the Difference?

Disc Brakes are used almost entirely on newer vehicles.  They are far superior in performance than Drum Brakes.  Disc Brakes use a caliper that acts like a vice that pinches the brake pads on each side of the brake rotor to slow and stop the vehicle.  Drum brakes use a wheel cylinder that expands out and pushes the brake shoes outward to slow or stop the brake drum from turning.  Drum brakes are almost only found on the rear of todays vehicles.  Most vehicles today have front and rear disc brakes.
What are calipers and why do I need them?  Brake calipers are like a vice that squeeze with hydraulic pressure.  Sometimes the cylinder portion of the caliper sticks or seizes and keeps pressure on the brake rotor and will not release.  This causes extreme heat and can  wear out the brake pads and rotors.  When this is identified replacement of the brake caliper is recommended.
 

What are calipers and why do I need them? 

Brake calipers are like a vice that squeeze with hydraulic pressure.  Sometimes the cylinder portion of the caliper sticks or seizes and keeps pressure on the brake rotor and will not release.  This causes extreme heat and can  wear out the brake pads and rotors.  When this is identified replacement of the brake caliper is recommended.
 

Premium vs. generic brake pads - What's the difference? 

Brake pads are made of multiple materials.  Some Semi Metallic and others ceramic.  Premium pads do not mean that they wear longer.  Often times they do not wear as long as generic.  Usually the advantage of the premium is a less quiet brake.  The most common complaint with brakes is that they squeal or moan.  A premium pad usually has better material for noise reduction.
 

What are rotors and how do they work? Is it better to have them machined or replaced? 

A brake rotor is a metal disc that turns as power is transferred from the drive axles to the Hub assembly.  The brake pads squeeze the brake rotor to slow or stop it.  This creates an extreme amount of heat.  In heavy braking situations it is not uncommon for brake rotors to get so hot that the rotor warps or gets hot spots. This can cause thickness variation on the brake rotor itself.  When this occurs you can often feel a shudder when braking at higher speeds.  Depending on how warped the rotor indicates if resurface or replacement is needed.  Resurfacing a brake rotor can save cost on the brake service.  However your chances of the rotor warping again are greater as the rotor has been cut and cannot dissipate heat as a new rotor.  Rotors can only be cut to a minimum thickness stamped on each rotor.  Brake rotor replacement eventually becomes required.


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