Every vehicle’s brake system is essential.
Of course, like most aspects of car care, Flower Mound drivers have many questions over the system’s operation and maintenance care. With winter fast approaching, this is the perfect time to learn about the brake system and to schedule a brake system inspection!
To help you fully understand all that goes into this complex system, our ASE-certified technicians have put together the 4 questions we hear most frequently.
1. What is the anti-lock brake system? Why is it important?
The Anti-lock Brake System (ABS) pumps the brake pads at a fast pace to gradually stop your car. The pumping motion created allows you to maintain control over the vehicle as it rolls to a complete stop. This technology is especially useful in emergency situations.
2. How often should brake pads be replaced?
Your driving habits and type of car both play into your brake pads’ lifespan. However, a good rule of thumb is to schedule a brake pad replacement once a year. You can extend the life of your brake pads with safe driving.
3. Brakes are fine until I hear grinding or squeaks, right?
The grinding or squealing sound you hear is the brakes hitting the rotors. This is bad. When the brake pads wear too thin, you end up hitting metal against metal every time you stop. To avoid this unfortunate scenario (and the high repair bill that goes along with it), have your brake pads checked regularly.
4. Do I really need to replace brake fluid?
Most vehicle manufacturers suggest replacing the brake fluid every 30,000 miles. Brake fluid is a hydraulic fluid that helps your brakes move. This fluid has to stand up to high heat and pressure. Every few years, have the brake fluid flushed and the system cleaned.
We’re proud of our work and prove it with our 2-year/24,000-mile Nice Difference Warranty.
If it’s time for a brake check, call the professionals at Christian Brothers Automotive in Flower Mound, Texas today. Maintain your brake system, and stay safe this holiday season!