Braking System Vitals
Monday, May 22, 2017
Often we’re bombarded by ads, coupons, and commercials toting the importance of frequent oil changes for our vehicles. It is equally important for the safety and maintenance of your car to check your brake system on a consistent basis. Your brake system works intricately to ensure that when you need to make a sudden stop you can do so quickly and effectively.
Your brake system is composed of 5 main components: brake pads, rotors, calipers, lines, and the master cylinder. When you press your foot on the brake pedal, your braking system becomes alive with activity. The pedal triggers the master cylinder to send fluid to the brake calipers. In turn, the brake calipers squeeze together, exerting pressure on the brake pads. The brake pads then clamp down on the rotors to slow the car. If one component isn’t working properly or has worn out, the other elements either won’t work properly or will wear out more quickly creating a dangerous situation for you and your passengers.
One step you can take to increase functionality and safety of your brakes and create a longer lifespan for the braking system is to choose performance brake pads and rotors made by top brand manufacturers. Your brakes are not an area where you want to skimp on quality to save money. However, take a little time and read up on reviews to familiarize yourself with what products will offer the best quality at the lowest cost for your vehicle.
For maintenance, every time you have your oil changed, ask your mechanic to check your brake fluid as well. When you have your tires aligned have them check your brake pads and rotors. Also remember that if your alignment is off, it can cause uneven braking on your vehicle. Uneven braking may cause imbalanced wear on your brake pads and rotors. It is recommended to have your brake pads inspected every 12,000 miles and replaced approximately every 25,000 miles. Your car will also benefit if you have your brake fluid replaced every 20,000-25,000 miles. Contaminated brake fluid can destroy the master cylinder in your vehicle that commands your car to stop.
Unsure of when your brakes were last checked or changed? Give us a call at Don's Auto Repair Inc. 513-489-4011 and let our family go to work protecting yours on the road.