Remember to Check the Brake System this Winter

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Remember to Check the Brake System this Winter

Your vehicle should be safe at all times. To help accomplish this, make sure the vehicle is brought in for regular maintenances. We can then check the parts and components of the vehicle to ensure everything is working the way that is should be. If there is an issue with a part, we can have it repair or replaced so you can get back to safe driving. One of the most important systems in a vehicle in terms of safety and the lives of those around you is the brake system. The brakes consist of many different parts, all of which should be checked and maintained on a regular basis. Having your brakes become unresponsive while driving is a very terrifying experience and requires quick adaptation to prevent any form of accident. Since so many things can go wrong, you need to be able to figure out what systems still work and how they can be used.

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How the Brakes Work for Your Vehicle

When applying the brakes, you will want to slow down or stop the moving vehicle. You may not take in consideration how the brakes actually work. When you step on that pedal, however, it pressurizes a master cylinder in the engine, which will then apply pressure to hydraulic pistons located at each tire of the vehicle. The fluid pressure in these pistons pushes the brake pads downward against the tires, which creates friction. The friction then slows the tires and, with the tires stopping, the entire vehicle stops as well. You can see how there are several places for things to go wrong between when the foot is applied to when the vehicle stops.

Signs of Poor Brakes

There are three main problems that occur more frequently than others in terms of brakes, and they each feel different, which help to identify the issues. First, the brake fluid used to apply pressure to the hydraulic pistons can leak, meaning there is nothing to apply the brake pads to the tire. This can usually be identified when the brake pedal has to be applied with increasing pressure to get any response. Secondly, the brake pads themselves can wear out, requiring a replacement to be added. This can be noticed why you apply the brakes and they take longer than normal to respond. Finally the treads of the tires themselves can be worn off. This affects the brakes in the sense that it causes the tires to have less traction. It will then become more difficult to stop or slam on the brakes.

Brake Inspections are Important

One of the most important things you can do to ensure the safety of your brakes is to have them inspected. We will look at the brake system to ensure all parts are working at top performance levels. This will help decrease any brake issue when you least expect it. If you notice the brakes are becoming less responsive and are taking slower to stop the vehicle, make sure to bring the vehicle in as soon as you can. The brakes can be inspected so you can have a pleasant driving experience.

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