When Do Your Brakes Need Service?

Bernardi Honda recommends regular brake inspections (annually or every 10,000 miles) to maintain safe stopping of your Honda vehicle.  A thorough brake inspection requires the wheels and tires to be removed to properly assess brake components.  Brake linings, the wearable friction materials that stop your vehicle, have a life expectancy that varies greatly with your driving habits and cannot be predicted by mileage.  Brake wear can also be affected by environmental factors including exposure to road salt during our New England winters.

Rust buildup on moving brake system parts can greatly reduce brake life regardless of mileage.  Bernardi Honda recommends regular brake maintenance that includes removing and cleaning rust from caliper brackets, lubricating brake pad shims and slides, and cleaning and adjusting brake shoes and drums (when applicable).  Brake maintenance and parking brake adjustments are included in our Honda Maintenance packages, and can also be performed on an as-needed basis.

Brake fluid should also be inspected and replaced when necessary.  Brake fluid absorbs moisture which can affect its boiling point - and in turn, resistance to heat.  Poor brake fluid condition can affect brake pedal feel and stopping distances.  Bernardi Honda exclusively uses Genuine Honda brake fluid during service, which provides superior brake system performance.

Maintaining your Honda's brake system and catching worn brake pads or shoes early can save you significant repair costs. 

About Your Braking System

Today's Honda braking systems are composed of a number of parts that all work together to ensure that your vehicle stops properly.

In most brake systems, when you depress the brake pedal, you are in turn moving a hydraulic piston and valves (called the master cylinder) to compress brake fluid, which in turn sends hydraulic pressure through brake lines to each set of brakes at the wheels.  Your brake pads or shoes are then activated by either calipers (used with disc brakes) or wheel cylinders (used with drum brakes).  These pads (or shoes) apply friction to spinning discs/rotors (or drums), slowing down or stopping the vehicle. There are more complicated systems that use sensors to activate the braking system, but the effect (stopping the vehicle) is the same.

Additional safety systems such as Anti-Lock Brakes (ABS) and Vehicle Stability Assist (VSA) also use the brake hydraulic system to provide additional vehicle safety features.  Our technicians receive training by American Honda specific to your vehicle's brake system to provide you with unmatched service.