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Five Ways to Maintain Your Vehicle’s Brake System

You need your brakes. Nobody argues with that. Maintaining the brake system is one of the best ways to stay safe on the road. The following four services should be done when your vehicle’s manufacturer recommends them; the fifth way to maintain your vehicle’s brake system is up to you. TRUE Automotive services all vehicle makes and models, including European automobiles, and we can help you maintain your brakes so you can count on them every time you depress the brake pedal.

Pads and Rotors

Every six months, generally, it’s a good idea to inspect the brake pads and rotors. The brake pads have a friction-causing surface that wears down every time you use your brakes. Because the pads press against the rotors, the rotors will eventually warp. An inspection of these parts lets us replace the pads once the friction surface is too low so they don’t cause premature warping of the rotors.

Brake Fluid Flush and Refill

Your brake fluid applies pressure on the calipers to press them against the brake pads. The fluid should be checked every 25,000 miles to make sure it is clean and free of moisture and air. Usually, the fluid will be flushed and refilled at the inspection to ensure its effectiveness. Moisture and/or air in the brake fluid can reduce its effectiveness. In fact, you may feel your brake pedal sink to the floor.

Brake Line Bleed

This sounds bad but it isn’t. Every two-to-three years, it’s a good idea to flush out the brake fluid and bleed the brake lines. What this does is removes any air in the brake system, especially the brake lines. As we said above, air in the brake lines can render your brakes useless and if you’ve noticed that your brake pedal has felt soft or spongy lately, it’s probably time to bleed the brake lines.

Replace Brake Parts

This maintenance is on an as-needed basis. Generally, your brake pads or shoes should be replaced every 15,000 to 30,000 miles depending on their wear. The rotors, calipers, brake lines, master cylinder, and other brake system parts should be replaced when needed. Regular brake inspections help us locate parts that are on the last legs of their life and replace them before they fail.

What You Can Do

Aside from bringing your vehicle in for the maintenance services listed above, you can also help take care of your brakes. For example, drive carefully in wet, inclement weather to ensure you don’t need to slam on the brakes. Brake slowly, gently, and try not to ride your brakes. Don’t overload your vehicle beyond its maximum weight capacity. All of these things protect your brakes.

Stop by TRUE Automotive in Suwanee, GA, for a brake system inspection. You can schedule an appointment by giving us a call today.

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