Brake Service

Whether you feel like your brakes aren’t quite as responsive as they should be or your vehicle has started to make an odd noise when you try to come to a complete stop, our team at Applegate Chevrolet is here to help. Bring your vehicle to our service center in Flint, Michigan, today so we can inspect your car and get you back on the road. Learn about our brake services and how easy it is to schedule an appointment with our team of qualified auto service technicians below.

Convenient and Professional Brake Services

If your brakes seem off, don’t wait to schedule a service appointment with us. Often, the sooner we’re able to take a look at them, the less damage we’ll need to repair, which can save you money and keep you safe on the road. At Applegate Chevrolet, our team of qualified auto service technicians will complete a full brake inspection to find out exactly what parts need to be serviced or replaced.

We’ll check your vehicle’s parking brake, examine its brake fluids, and measure the wear and tear on your brake pads, rotors, and drums. Whether you need a simple brake repair or a more complicated brake system upgrade, we’ll walk you through every step of the process to make sure your vehicle is well taken care of. If your brakes need to be replaced, we’ll also provide you with recommendations for the highest quality ACDelco Gold or GM Genuine Parts to make sure your vehicle stops on a dime every time.

When To Bring Your Vehicle in for Brake Service

Being able to stop your vehicle when you need to is crucial for your safety and the safety of those around you. If you’ve noticed any squealing, grinding, or chirping noises while driving your vehicle, it’s time to bring it in for a brake inspection. If your vehicle currently has GM brake pads installed, you may also hear a high-pitched sound when you try to stop.

This is because GM brake pads come with a thin piece of metal attached to them, which provides a safety warning when the pad material starts to get low. If you notice this high-pitched noise, it’s definitely time to get your brake pads replaced. Some other signs that may indicate you need to upgrade your brakes include:

  • A soft or spongy brake pedal.
  • Excessive brake dust on your vehicle’s wheels.
  • An unusual odor near the wheels.
  • A pulsing brake pedal when you try to stop.
  • A shaking steering wheel when you apply the brakes.

You may also notice that your vehicle wobbles or pulls to one side when you brake. Of course, if the brake light or ABS light pops up on your dashboard, your car is also due for an inspection. Bring it in to our team at Applegate Chevrolet and we’ll have your vehicle back in tiptop shape in no time.

How Long Do Brake Pads Typically Last?

How long your brake pads last depends on several factors, including your driving habits, how often you use your vehicle, and environmental conditions. If you frequently drive in heavy traffic or urban areas, you can expect your brake system to provide between 20,000 and 25,000 miles of pad life. However, if your driving conditions are less stressful, your brake pads may last you between 40,000 and 60,000 miles. Some other factors that can impact the lifespan of your brake pads include elevated temperatures, excessive dirt and debris, hard braking, and transporting heavy loads.

Do I Need to Replace My Rotors Every Time I Change My Brake Pads?

Not necessarily. If you bring your vehicle in for regular brake inspections or as soon as you start to notice something is a bit off with your brakes while driving, it’s unlikely that you will need to replace your rotors with every brake pad change. However, if you notice your brake pedal is pulsing or your steering wheel is vibrating when you try to come to a complete stop, there’s a chance you may need new rotors. To prevent issues with your rotors in the future, we recommend having your rotors inspected every time you schedule a routine tire rotation.

Schedule Your Appointment With Us Online

Schedule your upcoming service appointment online to save time. If you’re a returning customer, simply sign in to your GM Owner Center Account using our secure online scheduling tool. Type in your email address and password, then let us know what type of brake service your vehicle needs, and choose a date and time from our calendar that works well for you.

If you don’t have a GM Owner Center Account yet, you can select the option to continue as a guest. Follow the same steps to schedule your appointment and create an account to save time when you book services with us in the future.

Take Advantage of Our Great Discounts

Getting your brakes inspected or repaired doesn’t have to be expensive. At Applegate Chevrolet, we offer discounts on a wide variety of auto services, including brake pad installation and brake rotor replacement. Check out our online service coupons to see what offers we currently have available. You can even filter our discounts by the type of service your vehicle requires.

When you find a coupon you’re interested in using, click on it to review the offer details. Then, print out the coupon and bring it with you when you have your vehicle’s brakes serviced. Our team will automatically apply the offer to your account before you pay, so you get the best price possible. It’s our way of thanking you for your business and making sure our services remain affordable for all of our valued customers.

Do you have questions about your vehicle’s brakes or how to schedule a service with us? Send us a message online, visit our service center in Flint, or give us a call at 810-515-7887. One of our experienced service technicians will be happy to answer your questions so we can take care of your vehicle and get you back on the road safely.