While cars are great for taking drivers to various locations around New Jersey, their ability to stop is perhaps even more important than being able to "go." Not moving can be inconvenient; not being able to stop is dangerous. So, timely brake service is a vital aspect of routine vehicle maintenance. However, since brake components are mostly out of sight and functioning as we expect, they're easy to take for granted until the moment something goes wrong. Fortunately, brake problems can be easily mitigated through regular service intervals and addressing tell-tale symptoms before they become hazardous.

What are signs my Volkswagen needs brake service?

While unnerving, harsh sounds like grinding or squealing are the most obvious signs of potential trouble, they're not the only indicators. Other sensory clues of a distressed braking system include:

  • Excessive steering wheel vibration
  • An unusually stiff or spongy feeling brake pedal
  • ABS warning light illumination
  • The vehicle pulls to one side
  • Strong acrid or burning odors

Drivers should bring their vehicle to a dealership for service if they notice any of the above issues. However, there's no predetermined replacement time frame for wear items such as brake pads. Their lifespan can vary widely—ranging from 30,000 to 70,000 miles—depending on the operating conditions, driving habits, and how the vehicle has been maintained. Volkswagen recommends having your brakes inspected at least once a year or every 10,000 miles during a scheduled maintenance visit. This can help catch small issues before they become costlier and more hazardous.

Volkswagen brake inspection and service near Wayne and Montclair, NJ

Gensinger Motors is pleased to be a premier Volkswagen service destination for New Jersey drivers from Bloomfield to Fair Lawn and beyond. For more information about brake service or the recommended maintenance for your specific VW model, please feel free to contact us at your convenience. If your vehicle is due for a checkup, we've made it easy to schedule Volkswagen service online. It will be our pleasure to assist you.

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