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Does My Jaguar Need Brakes?

Answering Your Most Common Brake Pad Service Questions

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Why Should I Choose Jaguar St. Petersburg for Brake Pad Replacement?

Ensuring that your Jaguar’s stopping power is always at 100% is important, especially in emergency situations. At Jaguar St. Petersburg, we provide the best Jaguar brake service that your vehicle can receive thanks to our world-class service facility. Staffing our service center with ASE Certified and factory-trained technicians, there’s no one else in St. Petersburg who knows your Jaguar better than us.

Not only do we feature highly trained experts, but each of our technicians uses genuine Jaguar replacement parts to ensure that your vehicle maintains the same performance and dependability throughout the years.

Let's talk about brake service and why it's so important to ensure that only the best hands ever touch your Jaguar.

What is the Brake System Composed Of?

Your brake system is composed of several components that all work together to bring you to a stop when you need it most.

When you step on the brake pedal, pressure is sent to a hydraulic pump called a master cylinder. This cylinder sends pressure through brake lines that lead to your calipers. Your calipers house replaceable pads that clamp down on a metal disk, referred to as a rotor. When this contact occurs, it applies stopping pressure and your vehicle will slow or stop.

Because your brake pads take the brunt of the wear and tear when you press the brakes, they’ll most likely need to be changed more frequently than your rotors or your brake fluid. However, quality replacement parts, like OEM brake pads and rotors ensure that even after you’ve had brake service, your vehicle still continues to perform the way you expect it to.

How Often Do I Need Brake Pad Replacement?

The exact mileage that you’ll get out of your brake pads depends on the type of brake pads that your vehicle uses, along with your own driving habits.

Brake pads generally last anywhere between 25,000 and 65,000 miles. Your rotors, the surface that your brake pads clamp down onto to bring you to a stop, typically need to be changed between 30,000-70,000 miles.

Your brake fluid, which is responsible for sending pressure to your brake pads, will need to be changed out roughly every four to five years.

How Do I Know When It's Time for Brake Pad Replacement?

While some late model vehicles may illuminate a brake wear light or give you an indication of when your brakes need to be changed, some older models do not have this technology. Whether you drive a new or an old vehicle, the tell tale signs that you need brakes are still the same.

Here are some signs to look for that could be an indicator that your brakes are due for service:

Squealing/Grinding: Squealing or grinding can be a sign that your brake pads have worn past their best days and that it's time for brake service.

Increased Stopping Distance: If you notice that it takes longer for your vehicle to stop than normal, this can be from worn brake pads.

Shaking Steering Wheel: This can be an indicator that your brake rotors are warped or wearing unevenly and it's time for brake rotor service.

While these are often indicators of worn brake pads, it's not always a guarantee that your vehicle will have these symptoms when your brake pads wear down to their minimum thickness. It’s generally recommended that you have an expert look at your brake pads every 10,000 miles, or at every tire rotation.

How Many Rotors Should I Replace At Once?

You may notice that your front brakes and rotors need to be changed out more often than the rear brakes. This is often because when you apply brake force, your vehicle’s weight is shifted forward, putting the majority of the stopping responsibility on your front pads and rotors.

When you get your rotors replaced, need to replace at least two: the front, or the rear. If your rotors wear evenly, then you’ll need to replace all four.

What is a Brake Flush? What is the Purpose of Brake Fluid?

A brake flush is when a technician removes your old brake fluid and replaces it with fresh fluid. A brake flush, also referred to as a brake fluid exchange. This is periodically necessary because your brake fluid is hygroscopic, meaning it attracts moisture.

Coincidentally, your brake system is sensitive to moisture and contaminants, so it's important to have your brake system flushed every four to five years.

Schedule Service For Brake Pad Replacement Today!

If you’re looking for trustworthy brake repair and maintenance services in St. Petersburg, look no further than our state-of-the-art family.

Schedule your appointment with our service center today and ensure that your Jaguar retains its original stopping power.

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