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Brake Maintenance Tips
There’s a lot riding on your brakes. Although many drivers think they only need to have their brakes checked periodically, the average lifespan of brakes and rotors is about 50,000 miles. Driving habits can greatly affect brake health. How you drive and where you drive can impact wear and tear on your brake system.
In order to ensure maximum stopping power on the road, here are some essential tips to keep your brakes functioning properly.
Check Your Brakes Often
Brakes should be checked at least once a year. It is a good idea to plan a brake check along with a tire rotation. To ensure a thorough brake inspection be sure to check fluid levels, brake pad and lining wear, condition of brake lines and hoses, rotor thickness, dashboard warning lights and brake lights.
Change Your Brake Pads
Brake pads create the necessary friction to stop a vehicle so they will wear down from continuous use. Regular car maintenance should include replacing brake pads. Some telltale signs that your brake pads may need replacing include:
- Grooves and rough spots on the rotor disc
- The brake pads have less than 1/8” padding remaining
- If you no longer see brake dust it can be a sign that your brake pads are worn down
- Listen for a metallic screeching sound. If you hear this when you are braking, it is possible that you need to replace your brake pads immediately.
- If your car pulls to one side, grinds or shakes when you use the brakes, it is likely that you need new brake pads
Check Brake Fluid
Brake fluid attracts moisture which can cause damage to other parts of your braking system. Ideally you want to change your brake fluid as it starts to turn a darker color, usually every two years. In order to prevent excessive wear on parts and improve overall braking conditions, it is a good idea to change brake fluid at regular intervals. If you often drive in dusty or humid conditions you should change brake fluid more often. Refer to your owner’s manual for the type of brake fluid that is best for your vehicle.
While your vehicle is equipped with a rage of safety features, there are few things that will keep you safer than healthy brakes. Brakes are your first line of defense on the road to safety. In order to avoid brake failure, it is important to ensure that your brakes are functioning and in good condition. Mick’s Auto offers full service brake maintenance and will allow you to drive off feeling confident that the road ahead will be a smooth one.