Brake service is a process that should occur once every 10,000 miles of driving. The two pieces that make up the braking system are the brake pads and the brake fluid. The pads are what allows you to get the friction and traction to stop your vehicle, and they are supported by the fluid that allows you to apply the pressure. Its a hydraulic system that, in and of its self, is quite simple, but needs to be maintained correctly or you can get into some costly repair down the road.
- Brake Pads: Most manufacturers recommend replacing brake pads every 60,000 miles. Yet, this number is variable pending climate, type of vehicle, and driving habits. You may refer to your owner’s manual and seek the opinion of a qualified repair facility in order to determine the best repair schedule for your brake pads. On a daily basis, be cautious of any unusual signals your brakes provide you. Listen for continuous squeaking, whistling or metal grinding. Determine whether your vehicle pulls to one side while breaking. Take note of when your break begins to feel “mushy” or “spongy”. All of these factors could indicate your breaks are in need of service. Keep in mind your breaks are a safety feature your vehicle provides to you.
- Brake Fluid: One of the most important systems of any vehicle is the braking system. This is the how a vehicle stops. Brake fluid is usually recommend to be flushed every 2 years. This hydraulic fluid is needed to maintain pressure in the braking system. The master cylinder reservoir is where the fluid level is checked. Once brake linings start to wear the fluid level will drop due to the hydraulic components, such as the caliper and wheel cylinder, using more fluid during operation. Another reason the fluid could be low is due to a leak in the system. Always have a qualified repair facility inspect the system if there are any problems.