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.
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.
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:
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.