And yet, many drivers in Concord seem to know little about how the brakes actually work and how to maintain the entire system.
With hazardous winter conditions coming up, it’s a good idea to make sure you can stop on a dime.
At Christian Brothers Automotive Concord, we want you safe! To help you understand the basics when you go into any Concord auto repair shop, here are five questions our ASE-certified technicians hear all the time.
1. What is the anti-lock brake system? Why is it important?
The Anti-lock Brake System (ABS) pumps the brakes at an extremely fast pace to slow your car down. The pumping motion created by ABS brakes allows you to maintain control over the car as you come to a complete stop. This technology is especially helpful in emergencies, when you need to stop immediately.
2. How often should brake pads be replaced?
Brake pad wear is not set in stone. The rate at which your brake pads degrade is highly dependent on your car and how you drive. If you always give yourself more time to come to a gradual stop, the brake pads will last longer.
3. Brakes are fine until I hear grinding or squeaks, right?
If your brakes are grinding, you’re in for a big surprise once you get to the auto shop. A grinding noise means that the brake parts are coming into contact with the rotors – metal to metal. This will cause a lot of damage and increase the price of the repair.
Even if you don’t hear squeaks or other noises as you brake, your pads could still be wearing thin. It can be difficult to tell if your stopping power has decreased. That’s why it’s a good idea to have your brake pads checked once a year.
4. Do I really need to replace brake fluid?
Most manufacturers recommend replacing the brake fluid every 30,000 miles. Brake fluid is a hydraulic fluid that produces the movements of your brakes. It has to stand up to high heat and pressure. Every couple of years, it’s a smart move to flush and replace the fluid as well.
5. Are all brakes the same?
All brakes are not the same. Cheap brake parts, like rotors, have been known to crack under the extreme heat created by braking. Our ASE-certified technicians only use quality parts that will last. Premium pads or original part pads are used to make sure you don’t have to come back in to the shop.
We’re proud of our work and show it by guaranteeing our brake maintenance service with a 2-year/24,000-mile Nice Difference Warranty. We can’t stress enough how crucial brakes are to your safety on the road.
Call the professionals at Christian Brothers Automotive in Concord, North Carolina today for a thorough brake inspection. Maintain your brake system and stay safe this holiday season!