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Let's Talk Brakes!

One of the most neglected and vital parts of vehicle maintenance is checking on and taking care of your brake systems. Like other vehicle systems, the conditions of winter can be tough on your brakes, especially when you’re frequently trying to stop on snow and ice. 

Just like your ankle bone is connected to your foot bone, each component connected to your brake system must function successfully and safely in order for your brakes to work properly. 

Here is a brief, high level overview of how the brake system in your vehicle works. When your foot pushes on the brake pedal, a piston moves into the cylinder while simultaneously squeezing hydraulic fluid out of the end. Hydraulic brake fluid is forced around the entire braking system, a network of brake lines and hoses - all of which must be working efficiently without any holes or leaks. Pressure is then transmitted equally to all four brakes. This force creates friction between brake pads and disc brake rotors, which is what stops your vehicle. 

Brake Maintenance

Vehicle maintenance extends the longevity of your vehicle, prolonging the need for replacement and saving you from costly repairs down the road. When your vehicle is brought in for inspection, your brakes are reviewed for safety and road-worthiness. In addition to receiving regular maintenance and inspections, here are some tips to extend the longevity of your brakes.

  • Monitor your brake fluid. It should be replaced every two years, or every 30,000to 40,000 miles. 

  • Brake discs should be changed according to your driving style and environmental conditions. Next time you’re in our shop, ask about the free BG Lifetime Warranty to extend the protection coverage of your braking system.

  • If headed downhill, drive in lower gears. Apply the brakes intermittently with light pressure for above 5 seconds.

  • In icy and snowy conditions, double the distance you’d normally give between you and the driver ahead of you. Leave your vehicle in normal drive gear and use light, steady pressure on the brake to maintain the correct speed.

  • In normal conditions, follow the 3 second rule of following the vehicle in front of you. 

Brake Care

The brake pads, shoes, drums and rotors all need inspected and service for regular wear and tear. Here are some signs that suggest it’s time to take your car in to the mechanic:

  • Squeaking or squealing sounds when braking

  • Grinding when braking

  • Vibration when braking

  • Taking longer to stop

  • Brake pad indicator light comes on

  • Your brake pads appear thin

If you notice any of these signs, it’s time to bring your vehicle in. These are major signs that it’s time to replace your brake pads and repair or upgrade your brake system.

Main Street Mechanic Is Here To Help

There’s more to maintaining brakes than just brake pads and shoes. Brakes are an entire SYSTEM. We are proud to provide 4 wheel brake inspections, brake fluid flushes, cleaning and adjustment of rear brakes, emergency brake inspections and adjustments, and more. Check our monthly specials for any current available coupons to save money on this vital component of vehicle care and maintenance. If you have any concerns or questions or need to schedule an appointment, call 801-756-2661. 

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7:30 AM - 6 PM


337 West Main Street
American Fork, UT 84003