It’s easy to see why brakes are amongst the most important safety features in your car. You don’t have to look any further than your commute to work, where you may brake to a full stop over a hundred times if the traffic is heavy enough. Despite their importance, it can be difficult to know if your brakes need to have the pads replaced or the brake fluid changed.
It’s also fairly easy to ignore brake maintenance issues if you’re not hearing a squealing noise to warn you! The service technicians at Christian Brothers Automotive in Clermont, Florida have the tips to help you determine when it’s time to get your brakes checked out.
You may not hear a high-pitched squeal!
The high-pitched squeal when you press the brake pedal is the most obvious sign that your brakes are in need of a check-up. A metal wear indicator placed in the brake pad is responsible for making this sound. One of the issues, however, is the wear indicator sometimes rusts and falls off or the brakes on your vehicle never had one in the first place!
A couple other signs you should watch out for when deciding if your brake pads are wearing thin include how long it’s taking you to stop and how hard you have to push on the brake pedal to come to a complete stop. Barely stopping in time to prevent you from hitting a car in front of you means it’s time for brake maintenance.
Ask for the brake fluid to be checked at each oil change.
Having your service technician check on your brake fluid any time you’re having your routine oil change is a good practice. Even though it doesn’t need changing quite as often as engine oil, this will help you determine when it needs to be replaced.
Keep your wheels and braking system clean.
Warped rotors are a big brake issue from overheating, particularly on newer cars. To help counter the heat brakes create, make sure you’re keeping them clean! Not only does it keep the temperatures down, it also helps brakes perform better so you can stop faster.
At Christian Brothers Automotive Clermont, our technicians pride themselves in making sure your vehicle the safest it can be. If you’re experiencing any brake or other automotive issues you can bring your car to our Clermont, Florida auto repair center for a courtesy inspection! Don’t hesitate to call us and schedule an appointment. See the nice difference.