Brake Maintenance Tips | McKinney, TX

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When it comes to safety, your braking system is the most important part of your car. Poor braking performance means you might not have the stopping power you need to avoid a car wreck, so it’s vital to keep your brakes in good shape. Follow these easy brake maintenance tips to stay safe on the road.

Check Brake Pads

One part of good brake maintenance is keeping an eye on the brake pads and rotors and changing them out when you notice that they are worn or damaged. Brake pads wear down over time, and if they get too worn, it can damage other parts of the brakes.

Check Brake Fluid

Brake fluid is necessary for lubricating the braking system and keeping it from overheating. If your brake fluid is low or dirty, talk to a technician about checking the brake lines or flushing the fluid and putting new fluid in.

Bleed the Brake Lines

Along with low or old brake fluid, excess air in your brake lines can also negatively influence brake performance. Ask your technician about bleeding the brake lines, which forces out the air trapped in the lines.

Don’t Overuse Them

You can help your braking system just by adjusting your driving habits. For instance, try coasting to a stop at a stoplight instead of braking hard. You can also put more distance between you and the car in front of you so you don’t have to slam on the brakes if it stops suddenly.

Watch for Warning Signs

Ignoring problems with your brake system will only make it more dangerous to drive and more costly to repair in the long run. If you notice a grinding noise, a spongey feeling, or low braking power when you step on the brake, take your car to the dealership to have your brakes inspected.

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