Brakes Maintenance TipsBrakes, like any other component in your vehicle, are important for the well-being of the car and of you, you need to know that your brakes are in shape in order to be safe on the road. In this article, we are going to talk about how you can know if your brakes need servicing.
First and foremost, you need to inspect the brakes on a regular basis. You need to inspect the brake rotors, if needed to replace the brake pads, and keep the master cylinder filled with the appropriate level of brake fluid.
When you add or altogether replace the fluid, you need to ensure that you have cleaned the area beforehand, with a rag for instance. The initial wipe down is important because if any kind of contaminant gets into the brake system it could clog or destroy its components, and by cleaning it at least you know you have done what you can to avoid problems of that sort in the future. Another thing to be careful with when adding brake fluid concerns the bottle with the fluid in question. Try not to shake the bottle and if you notice that bubbles have formed wait because they could be problematic for the system.
Inspecting the brake rotors can be done at home by you, just look for any cuts or scores on them, if you do notice some have them resurfaced, or just replaced. Another thing that could be telling of a problem is if you notice any purple or blue spots on them, if this occurs have them inspected by a professional mechanic, probably they would need to be changed, but the mechanic would be able to determine for sure.
As far as the callipers go, you can notice signs of wear if any of the following occurs: the car pulls to one side when applying the brakes (they might even lock-up), you notice reduced brake force, or that stopping distances are becoming longer. If you experience any of these you ought to take your vehicle to an auto shop, and it wouldn’t be a good idea to avoid or prolong the visit.
Those are among the most telling signs that your vehicle needs to have its brakes serviced at an auto shop. Hopefully, from now on you will know exactly what to look for when you have doubts that your brake system is not working properly.