Car Brake Maintenance

Wednesday, October 3, 2012

Do you know what to do to maintain your car brakes?  Do you know how important it is to maintain your brakes?  Would you know what to do if something were to go wrong with your brakes?  Hopefully the tips in this article will help. 

Some useful tips for the maintenance as well as troubleshooting of the braking system are summarized below:

Brake Fluid

The one thing that you must do to maintain your brakes is to monitor your brake fluid.  The brake fluid must be kept to the optimal level.  Brake fluid allows the brakes to compress.  If your brake fluid begins to leak or dissipate, then the brakes will become “soft” and there will be no pressure when you exert force on the pedal.  It is recommended not to drive a car the brake fluid is not optimal.

Locked Brakes

When applying the brake, if there are issues with the brake pads, disc caliper or wheel bearings the brakes may lock, causing the car to quickly turn to a side, or skid forwards.  You should take your car to a mechanic or shop to have your brakes looked at.

Grinding or Squealing Sounds

If you apply the brake and it makes a grinding or squealing sound, you may have some unwanted dirt or debris in your braking system.  This could also be a problem with the vehicle’s brake rotors.  If you have regular brake maintenance done, you should be able to avoid this situation.  If you do find that you hear these noises, it’s best to take your car in to have it looked at.

Spongy Brake Pads

Your brake pads might be worn if you feel like it’s “soft or spongy” when applying the brake.  Replacing brake pads is a necessity to keep your vehicle and brakes operating soundly. 

Another basic maintenance issue for brakes is that you should ensure that you don’t press too hard or press immediately with force on the brakes.  This can cause them to wear faster than normal.  If you maintain your brakes, and get them checked often, then you will probably catch minor problems before they become major problems.