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Winter Brake Service at Graff Chevrolet in Okemos, MI

While it’s important to keep an eye on your vehicle and its components throughout every season of the year, winter is possibly the most important season to for your vehicle to be prepared for. Snowy and icy roads will make it difficult enough to stop your vehicle on but if your brakes are worn and not working well, your safety is even more at risk. To ensure your safety on the road this season, winter brake service and routine maintenance is necessary. Winter brake service consists of inspections, repairs, and replacements and our team at Graff Chevrolet in Okemos, MI would love to help!

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Signs You Need a Brake Inspection, Repair, or Replacement

To ensure your brakes are safe, it's a good idea to have them inspected at least every 18,000 miles? If your brakes aren't equipped to handle harsh winter weather, you could find yourself in dangerous situations on the road. While it's a little hard to tell if you're not familiar with a vehicle's brake system, there are a few tell tale signs you need a brake inspection, repair, or replacement.

  • Vehicle’s brake system warning light turns on – It’s tempting to ignore warning lights on our vehicle’s dashboards because you may think it’s something minor or fear having to pay for vehicle maintenance. We recommend you address all warning lights that show up, but the brake system warning light needs to be taken seriously.
  • Vehicle’s steering wheel vibrates when braking – This could mean a number of things, it could be that your brake pads aren’t gripping properly due to oil or debris, or that there are issues with your brake disk and alignment. Or, you may have worn out suspension components. All of which greatly reduce the effectiveness of your brakes.
  • Braking performance is inconsistent – Another issue that can be attributed to a number of malfunctioning parts, but winter is not the time to not be working inconsistently.
  • Vehicle’s brake pedal feels soft or goes to the floor - Usually this means you have an issue with your brake fluid or that the brake pads are very worn. Either way, it’s not safe to drive with a vehicle with brakes that aren’t fully responsive.
  • You hear screeching or grinding when you brake – Bring your car in immediately. That screeching noise means you have worn down the brake pads completely and it is now metal on metal, doing serious damage to your brake disks and costing you a whole lot more in repairs than a new pair of brake pads would.
  • You can smell a burning odor – This means that your brake pads have overheated from use. When this happens, a glaze will develop on the brake pad once it cools down causing your braking performance to suffer as the disc may begin to slip through the clutches of the pad.
  • Brakes are shedding metallic flakes – This is another sign that your brake pads have worn down and there is now metal on metal contact when you are trying to brake. It needs to be addressed immediately.
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Schedule Your Winter Car Care and Routine Maintenance Online at Graff Chevrolet Okemos

If you’ve experienced any of the signs above, it’s important you bring your vehicle to a trusted and Certified Service Center for a brake inspection, repair, or replacement to ensure your vehicle is prepared to keep you safe on the road. You can schedule your Winter Car Care and routine maintenance online at Graff Chevrolet Okemos. Our expert team of technicians are available to inspect, repair, and replace your brakes, and also answer any questions you may have about your vehicle. You can give us a call at (517) 349-8300 for any questions or to schedule a service appointment, or visit us at 1748 W. Grand River Ave, Okemos, MI 48864! We're proud to keep our neighbors in Okemos, Haslett, East Lansing, Dewitt, Williamston, and beyond, safe throughout the year.