Although you probably don’t think about your braking system that often, it is one of the most important parts of your VW given that it helps keep drivers, passengers and everyone else on the road safe. Sadly, most people don’t properly maintain their brakes or even implement timely repairs, until their brakes begin to make a lot of noise. Good general maintenance and upkeep in this area can help you avoid a number of unnecessary accidents. It can also limit your overall ownership costs by keeping the need for major repairs to a minimum.

When To Get Your Brakes Repaired
Unlike oil changes, there isn’t really a set schedule for brake maintenance and repairs. The wear and tear that this system sustains is largely dependent upon your driving habits, the amount of cargo you carry and how well-maintained other parts of your Volkswagen are. Some models have sensors built-in that alert drivers when brake linings need to be replaced. If your Volkswagen lacks these sensors, however, there are certainly other markers that will help you establish an effective brake maintenance plan.

Squeaky Brakes
Brakes that squeak are generally a good sign that it is time to have this system checked. Some brake sounds can be corrected by having components cleaned off, however, persistent noises generally mean that important parts have begun to wear down. Having these sounds checked right away will often eliminate the need to have your rotors shaved or replaced.

Tire Rotation
Good vehicle maintenance mandates that tires be rotated every six months for even wear. This is always a good time to have your brakes checked. This will allow your mechanic to identify and resolve minor brake problems, before these spiral out of control.

For all your servicing needs, be sure to visit Patrick VW in Auburn, where our friendly and professional staff will care for your car as if it were their own.



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