There’s hardly a more important system on your vehicle than the brake system. If you are driving around with anything less than a fully healthy brake system, you are taking too much risk.
So what happens when you depress the brake pedal? A piston in the master cylinder pushes hydraulic fluid to the slave cylinders at each of your wheels. Pistons at each wheel apply the pressure on the wheels via pads to slow the wheel.
The brake system is essential to vehicle safety. That’s why a getting a brake inspection from time to time is simply good practice. An inspection will ensure that all of the component parts of the brake system are in good shape, such as the brake pads, calipers, rotors, fluid level, and master cylinder fluid exchange.
There are also things you can do to ensure that your brake system to kept in good health. Keep your senses open to changes. Does your brake pedal feel soft? There could be air in your brake line that needs to bleed out.
If you hear your brakes squeaking, this could be natural and nothing to worry about. It could also mean that you need new brake pads. If you hear a grinding or growling sound then you’ve likely worn through your pads. This is a serious issue as you could destroy your rotors.
Your driving technique can affect the state of your brake system. Keeping more distance between you and the vehicle in front of you means you can often simply take your foot off of the accelerator instead of applying your brakes to slow down. Also, start braking earlier when you are coming to a stoplight or stop sign. These techniques will ensure that your brakes last as long as possible.
If you have questions about your brakes, please contact our service department, and we’ll be happy to help you.