If you have been driving a vehicle for a while there’s a pretty good chance you know some basics about how your brakes work. They seem simple right? Press your foot down on the pedal, car slows down – nice. Well, it’s sure nice when they’re working as they should! Brake systems on most vehicles aren’t too complex, relatively speaking. When you push your foot down on that pedal, it sends pressurized fluid down lines to each of your wheels, where that pressure is transferred over to some pads that will gently clamp down on your wheels to introduce friction to the system, ultimately slowing them and your whole vehicle down.
Why Do I Need To Have My Brakes Serviced?
Properly working brakes are not a luxury for vehicles, they are an absolute must for your safety, the safety of your passengers as well as the safety of everyone on or around the road. While there aren’t too many components to your vehicle’s braking system, it’s imperative that each piece in the transfer from that pedal down to your wheels is in good working shape in order for your brakes to be operating correctly. Using your breaks slowly wears down the pads that are introducing friction into the wheel system, the rotors they are squeezing on wear down over time as well. The fluid in your break lines can also have air introduced into its closed over time, making your braking feel a little spongier than they should when the hydraulic pressure is compromised. The point is this stuff all wears down through regular use, so naturally you will have to have some service done periodically to make sure everything is kept in good working order.
How Often Do I Need a Brake Service?
While there are no fast easy rules to decide when your brakes need servicing like many other vehicle components as their wear will greatly depend on things like your driving habits, road and climate conditions, etc… Brake wear can vary quite drastically from vehicle to vehicle as well as driver to driver. There are some general tips you can keep in mind though –
- If you hear any sound or feel vibration coming from any of your brakes at all, you should have them looked at
- If your brakes don’t feel easy to use and stop you confidently every time, you should definitely have them looked at
- If you regularly tow anything or carry heavier loads with your vehicle, your brakes will need servicing more often
- Never take any chances, bring your vehicle in at the first signs of anything not operating normally
Schedule a Brake Service Appointment at Straightline Dodge
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