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Find The Answers To Some Of Your Frequently Asked Braking Questions

You're driving down the Miami street in your Audi Q5 or Audi Q7, enjoying the relaxing drive and the warm Florida sunshine, when, all of a sudden, the light turns red and you slam your foot on the brake pedal. If you've been keeping your Audi vehicle routinely maintained, your brakes should stop you in time and you can continue about your way. If they aren't in good working order, then they may still stop you, but not without some form of odd noise, smell, or feeling. Brakes are an extremely important part of your drive and should be routinely maintained and repaired. You may have questions about your Audi's braking system. Thankfully, we have collected a few of the most frequently asked questions to help you find the answer.

How Exactly Do Your Brakes Work?

When you apply the brake pedal, say at the stoplight, it activates a hydraulic line filled with brake fluid. The fluid then squeezes the calipers, which look like the rubber brakes on a bike, the calipers push against the brake pads, and the brake pads push against the rotors, which slows the tires and makes your Audi stop.

What Is The Difference Between A Brake Pad And A Brake Rotor?

The brake pad is either a rubber, Kevlar, or metallic pad that sits in between the caliper and the rotor. This pad helps to transfer heat and keeps your metal calipers from squealing on the metal rotors.

The rotor is a round, flat metal disc that is connected to the wheel. It is designed to slow your tire down when the brake pad is pressed against it and comes with either holes or slots to remove heat and water from its surface.

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How Do I Know If My Brakes Are Bad?

There are quite a few red flags that may pop up if your brakes need to be inspected or replaced.

  • Dashboard Warning Light - Has a red or orange light popped up on your dash with the brake sign?
  • Strange Smell - Is there an acidic or burning smell when you apply the brakes?
  • Shuddering - Does your entire car shudder or vibrate when you push down on the brake pedal?
  • Squealing Noise - Have you noticed a slight squeal that keeps becoming louder as time goes on, especially when you use the brakes?
  • Spongy Feeling - Does your brake pedal feel "spongy" or does it go down more than normal when you press it?

If you've noticed any of these red flags, don't hesitate to have your brakes inspected by a trained technician. Not getting your brakes fixed could lead to larger problems and will more than likely cost you even more money if left unattended.

Where Can I Get My Brakes Fixed?

Here at The Collection Audi, we have an experience service center that is prepared to perform any of your Audi repairs, including your Audi brake pad replacement, Audi brake inspection, or Audi rotor repair. If you'd like to schedule an appointment with our service center, feel free to use our online scheduling tool or to contact us directly at 888-480-8359.

Our service techs are also available to answer any auto service questions you may have and would love for you to visit our The Collection Audi dealership, located in Coral Gables, Florida, and just a short drive from Miami, South Miami, Pinecrest, and Doral.



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