Brake failure is the leading mechanical cause of highway accidents. When it comes to brake maintenance, don’t wait until you feel your brake pedal pulsate (unless you have anti-lock brakes, in which case a pulsating brake pedal would be normal in heavy breaking situations), hear that high-pitched squealing (caused by the warning bar indicating your brake pads are just about gone), or hear a harsh scraping noise, before you check them out. Most experts agree that your brakes should be checked about every year or every 15,000 miles, though this can vary depending upon how you drive. Brakes can be tricky – let a Walt’s professional make the assessment during Walt’s free brake inspection.
Be sure you also remember to check your brake fluid. The brake fluid should be monitored monthly, and fluid added as necessary.
What Could Happen If You Don’t
It’s important to be sure you’re on top of the situation when it comes to brakes, because neglecting them could lead to serious problems. If you wait until you hear strange noises coming from your brake system, you may already be causing damage to your brake drums, pads or rotors. This could mean extensive repair costs or, potentially, serious injury should your vehicle’s brakes fail in an emergency situation.
Did you know?
Technicians (as shown) prepare a drum for resurfacing or “cutting”. Resurfacing a brake drum or rotor is an integral part of a brake service to allow the friction material the proper surface to interact against. Only those brake rotors and drums within certain manufacturer specifications can be resurfaced. Drums or rotors “out of spec” means that material cannot be safely removed and must be discarded, replacing with new drums or rotors.