Wiygul Automotive wants to help our customers keep their families safe on the now snowy and icy roads. Regardless of which model you drive, your truck or car needs more distance for safe braking and to avoid losing traction and sliding on slick streets. Tires are important, but to avoid running into the vehicle in front of you, and sliding into other autos, trash cans, and curbs, a good set of brakes and brake pads is a must.
Wiygul Clinic mechanics begin every brake pad installation for Herndon, VA vehicles with a thorough inspection. We recommend an annual brake inspection for every truck and car, but a second one just as winter begins is a good preventive maintenance action.
After our mechanics remove the tires from your auto, they initially check the brake rotors. They expect to find some wear, but if the rotor surfaces are heavily pitted or have deep grooves, then we recommend replacing them.
Next, they remove the brake calipers and pads for inspection. If there is physical damage, mechanics replace the parts. If there is no damage, they clean the calipers with a metal brush to scrape any dirt or rust off, so they maintain a clean and smooth contact with the brake pads.
Mechanics next measure the thickness of the brake pads to determine if they are still safe for your truck or car. If they are worn thin, Wiygul mechanics remove and replace them with Brembo, Centric or other quality, brand-name brake pads. Before replacement, they apply an ‘anti-seize’ lubricant to both sides of the brake pads to improve contact with the calipers. Mechanics also apply a thin layer of paste which helps reduce the squeaking you hear with new brakes. The paste also resists the effects of water and road salt after they splash onto the brake assembly.
Finally, our mechanics take the treated, new brake pads and place them in the brake calipers. After securing them, they return the brake assembly to the wheels. Next, they reattach the rotors and then reinstall the tires to complete the brake pad installation on your Herndon, VA truck or car.
Wiygul Automotive also offers these services to augment our brake pad installations:
- ABS Actuator & Pump Service
- Brake Line Replacement
- ABS Brake Repair
- Resurface or Replace Brake Rotors
- Brake Caliper Replacement
- Wheel Speed Sensor Repair
- Brake Hose Replacement
Regardless of the date of the last brake inspection, area drivers need to be alert on ice and snow covered roads, especially when driving on area bridges. They are the first roadways to freeze and usually the last to thaw. Roads under bridges remain dangerous longer since they are in shadow and not exposed to the sun. To be certain your truck or car is ready for this winter, call Wiygul Automotive today at 866-702-8050 to find our Clinic nearest you and schedule a brake pad installation for your Herndon, VA auto.