The Acura is an efficient and reliable driving machine. Nevertheless, if you own an Acura MDX or Acura TL, then you may want to pay extra attention to Acura braking system.
What Makes Up The Acura Braking System?
The braking system is a vital safety component of your car. The brake pads and the hydraulic system which includes the cylinders and the hydraulic brake fluid are all integral parts of the system. The hydraulic system is responsible for the circulation of the hydraulic brake fluid around the system to the disc brake calipers. The brake fluid absorbs moisture within the system to prevent corrosion of the metal components of the braking system.
The brake pads are responsible for slowing down your car when you press down on the brake pedal. It is usually made of a friction material bonded to a steel brake rotor. When you step on the brake pedal while driving, the part of the disc brake supporting the brake pads pushes against the sides of the steel brake rotor. This contact is received under huge pressure which causes friction between the moving parts. The friction is what slows down the wheels to a controlled and safe stop.
What Are The Signs of a Failing Brake System?
Your vehicle will send out several indications that you need a brake job once it detects a fault on the system. The most common of such signs is an illuminated brake warning indicator on the dash panel. Squealing noises during braking is also a warning sign of worn out brake pads. If not addressed quickly, the squealing may progress to grinding accompanied with rough vibrations or shuddering every time you press down on the brake pedals. Also, if you experience your vehicle veering off course or pulling to one side each time you brake, then you may have a problem with the calipers of your braking system. A spongy feeling when applying pressure to the brakes is also an indicator of brake failure. A failure of the braking system is extremely dangerous and it’s best to have any symptom checked out as soon as possible.
How Do We Repair A Faulty Acura Braking System?
Sometimes, repair services of a faulty braking system could be as simple as brake cleaning and adjustment, other repairs may be more complex with a need for the replacement of certain components such as brake pads and rotors.
A visual inspection of the brake pads will help us determine if your brake pads need replacement. The brake pads should be at least 3mm thick and any value less than that will necessitate a replacement. Beyond this, it is recommended that you change your brake pads at least every 2 years or after about 60,000 miles. For every time you use your brakes, the friction causes a small amount of the lining material to wear off and after thousands of miles, it would have diminished to the point where replacement is necessary. Hence, the more frequently you use your brakes, the more often you will be required to get them replaced.
We always replace the brake pads as a set – on both sides of the vehicles, this helps to keep the braking power from both sides even and predictable. Brake rotors, torque plates, calipers, and wheels may also need replacement if they are worn out or damaged. We will also inspect the condition of the brake fluid, draining or/and topping up as required. As always, it is imperative to note that routine maintenance and servicing will go a long way in maintaining your Acura’s braking system.