Brake Maintenance Is a Must!
Unless you take your vehicle with you to Florida in the winter, the harsh winters can really put your brakes to the test. And just how do brakes keep working despite the fluctuating temperatures and all those abrasives scattered on our roads? With regular maintenance—that’s how.
Each time you go into the shop for a seasonal tune-up, it’s important that the technician check your brakes. Drivers don’t always notice that their brakes are worn because they’ve simply adapted their driving accordingly. The technician will measure how much friction material is left on your brake pads and check if the discs are in good condition or if they’ve reached the minimum specified thickness.
Nonetheless, if rust starts to appear on these components, the situation can quickly become a disaster.
The brake system includes hydraulic parts and several parts need to be checked during regular tune‑ups. The oil level is an important element that should not be overlooked. When the oil is too low, air can get into the brake system. This can cause you to partially or totally lose the ability to stop your vehicle.
A technician will immediately recognize any anomalies or leaks in the brake circuit, which is exposed to high pressure and temperatures. The brake lines and couplings will be carefully inspected and any signs of corrosion must be eliminated.
Generally, you should have your brakes checked every 10,000 km or twice a year. Most of the time, a visual inspection is all it takes. However, even with normal wear, it’s recommended that the brake system be taken apart and properly cleaned and lubricated. This will prevent certain parts from seizing up due to rust.
If you’re unsure of the condition of your brakes or if, when braking, you hear a strange noise or your vehicle isn’t reacting normally, you should have your vehicle inspected by a certified technician. Don’t forget that your safety and the safety of others are at stake!