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The Importance of Proper Brake Maintenance02.1.2021 | Okan Sengullu

Brake Maintenance - Bucaro Brothers Auto Care

Many drivers underestimate the importance of their braking system until winter sets in and the roads become icy and treacherous. The wake-up call often comes in the form of an accident. Even a one-second delay can make the difference between getting to your destination safely and ending up in the ditch or worse.

One of the best ways to avoid unnecessary accidents during the winter, or any other time of the year, is to make certain your vehicle’s brakes are in optimal condition. Here are some tips to help car owners do just that:

Have Your Brake Pads and Rotors Inspected

Arguably, the two most important components of a vehicle’s brake system are the brake pads and rotors. As you hit the brake pedal, these are the components that sustain the initial (and the most) friction as your car transitions from full speed to a complete stop.

This means that they are extremely likely to wear out (especially if you drive in city traffic where you are constantly having to pump the brakes). Therefore, it makes sense to schedule a regular brake inspection to inspect the condition of the brake pads and rotors.

Additionally, if you notice a burning odor when you hit the brakes, or if your car is taking longer than usual to come to a stop, it is probably time to have your brake pads and rotors checked.

Have Your Brake Fluid Flushed

Most brakes are hydraulic, meaning that brake fluid is used to transfer pressure from the brake pedal to the brake pads and rotors. Brake fluid attracts moisture, which is a catalyst for corrosion. As the moisture builds up, it negatively impacts the performance of your vehicle’s brakes.

Therefore, it is important to check your brake fluid on a regular basis, and if it has a milky or cloudy appearance, it is time to have your brake fluid flushed. Most vehicle manufacturers recommend replacing the brake fluid every 25,000 miles.

Bleeding the Brake Lines

Anytime the brake fluid is flushed, the brake lines need to have the air bled out of them, or they will not work properly – and your car may not stop. Occasionally, when the brake fluid is low, often due to a small leak in the system, air can get stuck in the brake lines which causes the system to deteriorate. Because bleeding the brake lines can be a bit tricky, it is a good idea to seek a technician with expertise in car brake repair in Lincoln Park.

Upgrade or Replace Worn Parts

It is always important to replace any components of the braking system when they begin to wear out. This will not only ensure you will be able to stop your car, but it will help you avoid costly repair bills down the road.

In addition to replacing worn out parts, you could potentially upgrade the standard brake parts as well. This may be a good idea if you think your vehicle could perform better by switching to ceramic brake pads, slotted disc brakes, or other premium parts.

Visit a Reputable Auto Brake Shop in Lincoln Park

If your brakes are acting up, or if you are due for a factory recommended service call, visit Bucaro Brothers Auto Care. We have years of experience and have earned a reputation for excellence and reliability. We invite you to call or schedule an appointment today.

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