Posted On: July 20, 2012
There's nothing quite like a leisurely Sunday drive. That is, until an animal decides to grow a pair and crosses the road at the exact wrong time. Don't worry. It happens to the best of us. All we can do is make sure we have brakes that … you know … actually work.
Because we're Happy to Help, here are a few brake maintenance tips to make sure you, and those crazy critters, stay safe:
Have your rotors machined – When you're having your services done, most places will check your brakes for you. If you need to replace your brake pads, make sure you have the rotors machined. When pads are pressed against the rotors the friction causes the rotors to heat up. Over time, this will cause the rotors to warp. By having your rotors machined, you will ensure that the whole pad (not just a part) will be against the rotor when you apply your brakes. This means your vehicle will be able to stop sooner, and will jerk less.
Replace your brake pads – When it's time to replace your rotors, make sure to replace your brake pads as well. Your brake pads will be formed to your old rotors; meaning, less of the pad will be against the rotor when you try to brake. This is one of the leading causes of "brake dancing". (Not early-90s hip-hop, as you might have heard.)
Replace your brake fluid – You've replaced your pads and rotors. Good. Now, don’t forget about your brake fluid. This is what allows you to press the brake pedal, causing the vehicle to slow down. If you run out of brake fluid, the brakes will be sluggish and unresponsive. So if you'd rather not stomp on your brakes, follow this tip.
Here is where you can book an appointment so we can make sure your brakes are fine: http://www.goauto.ca/stores/service/.
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