Whether anti-lock, disc, or drum, your vehicle’s brake system is a crucial safety system. Imagine what would happen if you couldn’t stop your car, truck, or SUV? At Collins Auto Care, we shudder to think about it and we imagine you do, too. As with all other vehicle systems, your brakes need a little TLC regularly to ensure they always slow down and stop your automobile when you press down on the brake pedal.
Preventative Brake System Maintenance
Preventative maintenance extends the life of vehicle systems and prevents expensive repairs. This includes your automobile’s braking system. In general, you should plan to have your brakes serviced every 20,000 miles, but this varies depending on your vehicle’s make, model, and year and your driving habits. Check your owner’s manual to see the recommended mileage duration between services.
A brake system inspection and service includes:
- Measuring the brake pads to see how many miles they have left on them
- Checking the brake fluid level and cleanliness
- Checking for brake fluid leaks
- Inspecting the brake drums and/or rotors
- Checking the wheel cylinders
- Inspecting all brake hardware for wear
- Inspecting the brake hoses for cracks and leaks
During a preventative maintenance brake inspection, we inspect all of the above and replace anything that has worn down or is leaking. This prevents damage to your brake system. We can also tell you approximately when you’ll need to have your brake pads replaced after we inspect them.
Brake System Repair
In some cases, no matter how good you are about preventative maintenance, your brake system might need to be repaired. Common brake system problems include
- Worn brake pads
- Leaking brake system hoses
- Leaking master cylinder
- Warped rotors
- Warped calipers
- Brakes that overheat
We can fix any of these problems no matter your brake system. We service all brake system types, including anti-lock, disc, drum, manual, and power brakes. And, with your brake system, it’s important to bring your vehicle in at the first sign of trouble.
Remember, your vehicle’s braking system is one of its most important safety features. It allows you to slow down and stop when you need to, avoiding accidents and their related injuries and death. Keep this system properly maintained and repaired by following the guidelines in your owner’s manual and bring your car, truck, or SUV into us at the first sign of brake trouble.
To set up a brake system inspection, call Collins Auto Care today.