Wear and tear on your brakes is totally normal, and will vary depending on how and where you drive. From investing in good brakes to regularly monitoring your brake fluid, these simple tricks and tips can help you maximize life of your brakes, and help keep you safe on the road.
Invest In High-Quality Brakes
Investing in good, reliable brakes is the best way to take care of your brake lines. Quality brakes will cost a little bit extra but they’re well worth the increased efficiency, safety, and durability.
Check Your Brake Pads Often
Brake pads tend to wear quickly so, as a general rule of thumb, you should have them checked at least once per year. If they are too worn to work properly, you should have them replaced immediately. Our skilled automotive technicians can help with that!
Monitor Your Brake Fluid
Adding brake fluid isn’t part of routine vehicle maintenance. When brake fluid levels are low, it typically means that your brake pads are overly worn and will need to be changed. If the fluid is unusually dark, it may be time to have the system flushed.
Watch For Early Warning Signs
Noisy brakes are always indicative of a problem. If you want to maximize the lifespan of your brakes, it’s important to watch and listen for warning signs—unusual noises, fluid changes, abnormal feelings when you press on the brakes. Any of these may indicate a dangerous problem that should be examined by a professional technician right away.
Coast Whenever Possible
Coasting is a great way to preserve your brakes over time. Making a full and complete stop from a high speed is the number one cause of premature brake pad wear. Decreasing your speed before applying the brakes will relieve some of the pressure on your brake system and ensure your brakes last longer.
Keep Your Car As Light As Possible
Carrying extra cargo in your vehicle forces your brake lines to work harder to when coming to a full stop. As a rule of thumb, you should avoid carrying extra or excessive weight whenever possible.
At V&F, our certified mechanics use the latest diagnostic equipment and high-quality CARQUEST auto parts, to make sure we get the job done right. Plus, our auto repair services are backed by an industry-leading 3-year / 36,000-mile warranty on parts and labor. Call us today at 413-314-2280 or schedule an appointment online.