What Does a Full Brake Service Include?

Have you noticed changes to your brake system recently while traveling around Vista, Escondido, or Carlsbad, CA? If so, you can schedule a full brake service at Norm Reeves Honda Superstore Vista.

Our specialists will examine your entire brake system and let you know which repairs are needed. Keep reading below to get more information about what a full brake service entails.

What Is a Full Brake Service?

Mechanic Working On Brakes

A full brake service is a process that restores your entire brake system. Once this job is completed, the system’s performance should be working like new.

This service encompasses a number of different jobs—from inspections to repair and replacement. Depending on the condition, mileage, and age of your vehicle, your mechanic might suggest total replacement or repair of just a few parts.

The technician will take a look at all of the equipment in the brake system to determine which parts need replacement, repair, or lubrication. He or she might also repair certain parts, but inform you that others can be repaired at a later time.

The Full Brake Service Process

Brake Inspection

Now that you know the basics of a full brake service, let’s get into the nitty-gritty.


The first step of a full brake service is to inspect the whole system. There are dozens of components in this system, both large and small, that work together to help you stop or slow down exactly when you need to.

Some of the larger parts that you might be familiar with include the:

  • Brake pedal
  • Rotors
  • Calipers
  • Master cylinder
  • Drums

However, there are smaller parts that support these larger components including:

  • The hydraulic modulator
  • Shoe retaining clips
  • Roller bearings

Everything that’s connected to the brake system will be inspected and evaluated before moving onto the next step.

Brake Repair

Repair or Replacement

This is the next step following an inspection. Depending on the wear of your car and your driving habits, your technician will inform you of all the parts that need replacement.

The parts that are most commonly replaced are:

  • Cracked or leaking hoses
  • Worn brake pads
  • Rusted brake drum

Other parts like the hydraulic modulator, ABS system, or wheel speed sensor might also need repair if they’re faulty.

Fluids and Lubrication

With a brake service, you’ll also get new brake fluid. Lubrication of certain high friction and high heat areas around the shoe pads and calipers might also be needed.

When to Get a Full Brake Service

Your brake system wears down over time. However, the exact period of time you can drive before servicing your whole brake system depends on your driving habits, the conditions of the road, and the climate you live in.

Plus, different brake system components will wear out at different rates. That said, you might not need to change any equipment before 70,000 miles. On the other hand, you may need to repair or replace certain parts at 25,000 miles.

The best way to make sure is to visit your local service center and get an inspection.

Schedule a Full Brake Service Appointment

The next time Vista, Escondido, or Carlsbad, California, motorists need a full brake service, they can contact the experts at the Norm Reeves Honda Superstore Vista service center.

We’re happy to inspect your brake system from front to back, and get it back to working good as new. Call us up today!

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