Aston Martin continuously set the standards for high-performance, sophisticated vehicles. They are in an elite class of their own, high above most other vehicles on the market. Maintaining your Aston Martin is the only way to keep it at the accustomed standard. Regular service should be performed, and service dates should not be missed.
Even with impeccable attention to service, there is still the chance that parts, like your brakes, will need servicing before expected. Continue reading to find out what signs to look for that indicate it is time to get the brakes of your Aston Martin checked and serviced.
Things to Consider When Preparing to Service Your Brakes
Of all the many sensors and parts the computer monitors, the brakes are not one of them. There is not a sensor or a dashboard light that will tell you when it is time to have the brakes replaced.
Brakes need servicing anywhere from 20,000 miles to 70,000 miles. This range is so wide because other factors go into when brakes need to be checked. One factor is how often and how far you drive. The more you use your Aston Martin, the sooner you will need to have the brakes inspected. Another factor is the road conditions. If you are constantly driving on roads that are uneven and full of bumps, the brakes will need to be replaced sooner rather than later.
It is recommended that brake pads should be replaced once they have 40% of life left. Following this recommendation means that you never have to worry about the brake pads failing as you are driving. Every time you have your Aston Martin serviced, your experienced mechanic will let you know when your brakes are getting close to the end of their life.
The most common sign that indicates it is time to have your brakes serviced is squeaky brakes. The squeaky noise comes from the sound of metal on metal. If the brake pads are allowed to wear down far enough, the last piece of protection is a metal shim on the brake pad. This metal shim will rub on the brake rotor every time you step on the brakes. This is a sure sign that the brake pads need to be replaced because there are barely enough pads left.
As you probably rightly assumed, not having brake pads jeopardizes the safety your Aston Martin usually affords its drivers. You put yourself and others in danger when the brake pads are diminished to essentially useless. If your brake pads are at this stage of end-of-life, make an appointment today to have them replaced.
Poor Braking Performance
Another sign that points to brake issues are poor braking performance. When you step on the brake pedal, it should respond immediately. When it is time for them to be checked, you may start to feel that the brake pads are “slushy” or unresponsive. The unresponsive feeling indicates that there is an issue with the brake fluid. There could be a leak or damage to the braking system. In both of these instances, you should take your Aston Martin in for servicing as soon as you can.
One last sign that alerts you to the brakes needing servicing and relates to poor braking performance is vehicle pulling. Pulling, when it comes to your vehicle, means that it is listing to either the left or the right. In this instance, the pulling will be excessive as you are braking.
This vehicle pulling could be due to unevenly worn brake pads or debris build up in the brake fluid. Either way, you need to have the brakes of your Aston Martin checked if you notice pulling while braking.
Servicing Your Aston Martin
The moment you notice something strange happening with your brakes, you know it is time to bring your Aston Martin in for servicing at Mark Douglas Motorworks. We provide excellent customer service to those in the Orange County area, including Mission Viejo, Lake Forest, Costa Mesa, Irvine, Huntington Beach, Laguna Hills, and Laguna Nigel, CA.
All of our technicians are trained and certified in exotic vehicles, so they will have no problem addressing the brake issues that you are experiencing with your Aston Martin. Bring your Aston Martin into us at your conveniently-scheduled appointment time and we will service it quickly to have you back on the road safely with confidence in your Aston Martin.