Your brakes are an extremely important function and safety feature of any vehicle. In the event that they malfunction, you could be looking at quite a costly repair, or even worse, you may get into an accident. To prevent any issues with your vehicle’s brakes, you should check them out often and service them regularly. Here are a few things you should be looking at when you are checking your brakes.

Brake Pads

Replacing your brake pads is common maintenance. It keeps your brakes healthy and makes stopping smoother and easier. You can check the thickness of your brake pads by removing the access wheel. Routine check-ups and maintenance are relatively inexpensive, especially compared to costs you would incur if you left the brakes as is.

Brake Fluid

Brake fluid fills the brake line, which is the communication line between the pedal and the actual brakes. Old brake fluid may mix with moisture and start corroding the metal brake components. By flushing out your brake fluid, you are preventing your brakes from corroding in the long run.

Brake Line

Have a mechanic bleed your brake line every few years to keep your brakes as effective as possible, and prevent air bubbles.

Brake Upgrades

Upgrading components of your brakes can extend the life of your car even further. Using heat-resistant brake disks can extend the life of your brake pads and rotors. Ask your mechanic about the best upgrades you could make to your car to avoid catastrophe in future.

Regular service and maintenance are great ways to help keep your brakes in the best shape; however, treating your brakes with care is another way you can extend their lifetime. While you’re driving, avoid unnecessary late braking, carry less weight in the car, and practice caution when you drive in wet conditions.

When to See a Mechanic

Hearing noises from your brakes while driving or stopping is not normal. If you start to hear noises, it is time to see a mechanic.

If you are having a hard time stopping or need to press harder on the brake pedal to make a complete stop, there is an underlying issue there. Seeing a mechanic when this starts to happen can save you from an expensive repair bill and keep you, your passengers, and other drivers on the road safe.

Vibrating when braking is a sign that your brakes are nearing their end. Before they give out, you need to see a mechanic and fix the issue.

Finally, if your brake light is on, you definitely need to have the brakes checked. Sometimes, the ABS light may come on and mean nothing, but it is much better to have that confirmed by a mechanic than making an assumption.

Stop by and visit Rover Automotive in North Vancouver for your preventative brake maintenance. Our team of service experts can help save you money in the long run and keep your car on the road for longer.