Free Brake Inspections & Repair Estimates
As brake experts for over 30 years, we know that nothing is more important for your safety than keeping your brakes in good working order. That’s why we offer free brake inspections for most vehicles.
If you’re worried about your brakes, don’t wait. Drop in for a free check at any of our stores. We’ll do the inspection quickly, and if we think your system needs work, provide a free estimate—even if you’re not yet a Les Schwab Tires customer.
Our brake inspections let you know whether they are working properly and how much life is left in your brake pads. You’ll have a better idea of when you may need brake servicing so you can budget, plan ahead and have more peace of mind about your stopping power.
When Should You Get Brakes Inspected?
Car brake pads and other braking system parts wear out with normal use. Here’s when to get a brake inspection:
- Before any road trip
- Brakes make noise when stopping
- Brakes make a metallic squeal or squeak while you’re driving
- Brake light is on
- A wobbly feeling or vibration when you push the brake pedal
- Brake pedal feels soft/sinks lower than normal when you hit the brakes
- Car pulls to one side during braking
- Burning smell when you’re driving
- Vehicle bounces when you brake sharply
What Happens During a Brake Inspection
Les Schwab measures brake pad thickness using a gauge. We inspect both front and rear pad wear. We compare the thickness of the inside and outside brake pads in a single caliper unit to see if there are differences on individual wheels. We also compare pad width between sides of the vehicle.
If the brake pad lining has worn down to the thickness of the steel backing plate, we’ll know the pads should be replaced. If we find differences between sides it’s often a sign something in the braking system isn’t working as it’s supposed to. If we see rust on the pads there could be damage on a rotor.
We check the outside of the brake hoses, looking for cracks, leaking or other wear. These are symptoms that can point to damage inside the hose.
We also take a look at the contact surface of the rotor (where the pads engage when you hit the brakes). If we see grooves or other physical damage, that’s an indication something isn’t working right. Any rust can keep the brake pad from getting full contact with the rotor.
What You’ll Know After the Inspection
If everything looks good, we’ll suggest a recheck at your next tire rotation (every 5,000 miles).
If we notice any problems, we’ll recommend service. We’ll:
- Tell you how long it will take
- Give you a full cost estimate on any repairs
- Explain what needs to be done in simple language
- Give you the good news if the work is covered under warranty
Very often, Les Schwab offers same-day brake service. You can be confident the work will be done right the first time.
For safe driving, don’t delay a brake inspection or needed service on brake issues.
Come on by for a free brake inspection at any Les Schwab Tires.