When it comes to vehicle safety, the quality of your car’s braking system plays a crucial part. Your car’s braking system is one of its most important safety features and well-maintained brakes can be the difference between avoiding an accident and a potential tragedy. Because of the importance of maintaining your brakes, the last thing you should do is skip over repairs or let them deteriorate.
While most assume that brakes are responsible for stopping your car, the answer is a bit more complex. The friction of your tires against the road is what slows down and stops your car. The brakes are what’s responsible for stopping the wheels from spinning. It’s the job of the brake pads and brake discs to create the resistance needed to cause this action and each time your vehicle brakes the discs begin to wear.
In order to maintain your braking system, there are two important things every car owner should do: check your brake fluid regularly and have the brake pads and brake discs inspected when necessary.
Brake fluid, or hydraulic fluid, is another important part of what makes your brakes work. This fluid operates under high pressure and high temperature to help the various components in your brake system run smoothly. It’s important to ensure your vehicle’s brake fluid is good in order to maintain is the primary function. Over time, brake fluid will begin to degrade and will not work properly. Leaving contaminated hydraulic fluid in your system will slowly destroy brakes. Having your brake fluid periodically drained and replaced can help to ensure that the system continues working properly.
Do you hear a noise when you brake? Does your car vibrate when you come to even a gradual stop? Those are signs of the brake pads and disc wearing down. It’s recommended that drivers check their brakes every 15,000 to 20,000 kilometers, but if you’re already noticing signs of deterioration then a check-up should be performed immediately. Bring your vehicle into a trusted repair shop and let them know the nature of your visit. If the brake pads are showing wear to the extent that much of the pad can’t be seen, then your mechanic will recommend having them replaced.
Now that you’re familiar with how your brakes work, we recommend not taking any chances with their care. If you’ve noticed signs that your braking system is due for maintenance, schedule an appointment with Quic Transmission & Automotive Services. Just give us a call (505) 271-8000 or go online and submit an appointment request: http://quictrans.com/#schedule