Your brakes shoulder an awful lot of wear and tear every day. Whether you're going for a joy ride in the countryside or fighting through your daily commute, brakes must exert hundreds to thousands of pounds of force in order to stop your vehicle. Thus, having them inspected and serviced on a regular basis is vital to their longevity and your safety.
Unfortunately, there is no clear-cut schedule telling you the exact time for replacing the brakes. So, you need to watch out for warning signs and pay heed to the advice of an automotive technician. Most vehicles should have their tires rotated every six months, and that is a good time to have the brakes scrutinized.
One important service that you might not realize your vehicle needs is the servicing of brake calipers. No, not replacement, but service. What is brake calipers service? The brake service or brake calipers service includes cleaning (removing old, dry grease or debris and inspecting for rust) and lubricating the sliding pins and brake pads contacting points. This service also includes checking the other components of your car's brake system and the condition of the brake fluid. It is recommended to service your brake calipers once a year or after every time the odometer of your vehicle reads 24,000 km, whichever comes first.
When your car shows manifestation of worn brake pads, it's imperative to get the brake system check immediately. Signs indicating you may need your brakes serviced/replaced include annoying squeaking, screeching or grinding sounds that are heard when you apply brakes, release them or make a turn in your vehicle. Other signs include steering wheel vibration, brake pedal pulsation, and longer stopping distances. It means that when you apply the brakes, the brake pedal feels spongy or your foot goes down further than usual, closer to the floor.
Most cars have a brake warning light. If it comes on while you are driving, it probably means your brake system is low on fluid because of a leak or a problem with the brake master cylinder. If any of these signs sound familiar, don't delay taking your vehicle to a qualified brake service mechanic.
Your owner's manual may specify periodic brake system flush. Contaminated brake fluid can lead to corrosion and other problems in the hydraulic system, as well as affect the functionality of the anti-lock brakes (ABS).
Whether you need a brake maintenance/replacement, brake fluid flush, or a professional brake inspection, Right Way Auto Repair is here to help. It is always a good idea to get the benefit of an experienced professional when you're dealing with issues of safety. Please contact us online or call us at (905) 381-9285.