Our team at Johnny’s Muffler & Auto Express knows how much you depend on your car, and we want to help you stay safe on the road. When it comes to car safety, one of the most important components is the brakes–after all, it’s impossible to drive safely if you can’t stop the car when you need to. If you are having an issue with your brakes, you can of course turn to our experts to get the repairs you need, but there are also many steps you can take to maintain your brakes and keep them in good shape so as to not need repairs in the first place. In this article, we will go over a few things you can do to keep your brakes in good condition.
- Check Pads and Rotors- One key part of brake maintenance is regularly checking the brake pads and rotors, which are the components that connect your brakes to your tires. Because the process of braking generates a lot of heat and friction on these parts, they will need to be replaced frequently, so keep an eye on them to assess their current condition.
- Check Brake Fluid- Another way to keep your brakes in good condition is to check your brake fluid regularly–at least every 25,000 miles–and replace it when necessary. The brake fluid is what transfers pressure from the brake pedal through to the brakes themselves, and it has an unfortunate tendency to attract moisture. If moisture gets into the brake fluid, it will corrode the metal components of the system and can even make your brakes less effective. If the fluid looks cloudy or milky, it has water in it and needs to be changed.
- Get a Professional Inspection- In addition to performing your own checks, you should also have your brakes inspected by a professional mechanic on a regular basis in order to really make sure that everything is working properly. Our team has the right experience and knowledge to identify any problems affecting your brakes, and we can provide the necessary repairs or adjustments as well.