Colorado Springs drivers forget to take care of their car’s most basic safety element – the brake system.
When another driver cuts in front of you on the road, your brake system makes sure you avoid a collision. At Christian Brothers Automotive Woodmen & Powers, our ASE-certified technicians want every customer to fully understand their valuable brake system.
To help, we’ve put together 5 tips to streamline your brake system service.
1. Your brake system is bigger than the brake pads
There’s more to the vehicle’s brake system than brake pads.
The braking system also includes:
- Brake pedal
- Hydraulic master cylinder
- Brake lines and hoses
- Wheel cylinders
- Brake shoes
- Switches, sensors, pumps and modules
Whenever you schedule an oil change, have the technicians check the brake pads and brake fluid. At our Colorado Springs auto repair shop, we help you stay current on maintenance so you’re never blindsided by trouble.
2. The Anti-lock Brake System is crucial
The Anti-lock Brake System (ABS) turns on in extreme situations, when you slam on your brakes. The ABS quickly pumps the brakes to keep your car from skidding. The pumping action efficiently stops the car while maintaining control.
3. In severe weather, your brakes probably aren’t grinding
Some drivers are surprised to learn the ABS doesn’t activate every time you brake. When it does, these drivers are caught off guard. It may feel (or sound) like severe grinding, but is often just the ABS system. This is important to remember while driving through heavy rain, ice or snow.
4. There is no magic timeframe for brake service
Drivers want to know the specific timeframe for brake repairs. Unfortunately, there is no exact mileage when the brake pads or fluid need to be replaced. At our Colorado Springs automotive shop, both services are offered as needed. Brake maintenance depends on driving habits, road conditions and the car type.
5. When it comes down to it, you’re the driver
You are the driver, and your family and friends are the passengers. If you’re in doubt about your brakes’ reliability, please have them inspected. Fully functioning brakes are essential for a safe driver. Don’t risk your safety to avoid an inconvenient trip to the car shop.
Your safety is top priority. The best defense on the road is a great offense with our professional technicians. Call to schedule a brake inspection at Christian Brothers Automotive Woodmen & Powers in Colorado Springs, Colorado today. See the nice difference!