A car’s brakes are essential safety features on a vehicle. That is why it is so important to keep them in good condition. Brake pads wear over time, which means that your car will need to have its brake pads replaced periodically. We will discuss 3 tips for keeping your car’s brakes working properly.
1) Check your brake fluid levels regularly.
Brake fluid is hygroscopic, which means that it absorbs water. Over time, this will cause the brake fluid to lose its effectiveness and become contaminated with dust particles from the metal components in your braking system. You should check your car’s brake fluid level at least once every year or two to ensure it is clean and at the proper level.
Typical brake fluid replacement intervals for most vehicles are around 30,000-50,000 miles. However, if you drive in a city with high hot and cold temperatures or on mountainous roads where brakes get much more use than usual (such as when descending mountain grades), then your car’s manufacturer may recommend more frequent brake fluid changes.
If you notice a low amount of brake fluid in your vehicle’s reservoir or if the fluid is dirty and contains rust particles, then you should have the brakes checked as soon as possible. If it is not replaced immediately, this can lead to “bubbling” on braking components that will cause significant damage over time.
2) Check your brake pads for wear.
Brake pads are the part of your car’s braking system that actually makes contact with the rotors when you step on the brakes. This is what causes a vehicle to slow down and stop. Like any other component in your braking system, they can become worn over time due to frequent use or by being driven in a manner that causes the brakes to overheat.
If you have your brake pads regularly serviced at an auto repair shop, this will allow them to be replaced before they become too worn down and cause damage to other components of your car’s braking system or lead to reduced stopping ability for yourself or others on the road. However, if you notice that your car is braking more slowly, you may need to change them immediately.
3) Check your vehicle’s brake lines for damage.
When you press the brakes, there is hydraulic pressure that moves throughout different components of your braking system. One area where this happens is along the length of the metal tubing that forms each brake line on your car. These are typically made from rubber or metal and can become damaged over time due to wear and tear age or even driven over potholes.
If you notice that your vehicle is braking erratically or the brake pedal feels spongy when pressed down, this could be a sign of damage to one or more of these lines. If it is metal tubing, there may be breaks in the line where brake fluid can leak out. If it is made from rubber, then the internal lining of the tubing may have become damaged or eroded over time by exposure to brake fluid and heat due to repeated use.
Keeping your car’s brakes in good working order is important for safety and vehicle longevity. There are a few things that you can do to keep them well maintained, which include checking brake fluid levels regularly, replacing worn-out brake pads before they become too thin or cause damage to other components of the system, and inspecting your brake lines for any signs of damage.