While it is a fact that the brakes are the cars’ most important safety feature, many drivers still do not understand it well. Statistics show that about 40% of the cases handled by ITV have had brake problems. Remember car owners: it is not enough to bring the car to the auto repair shop when something goes wrong, or worse when an accident has already happened. Care and maintenance must be done before any of these untoward incidents happen.
Here are some maintenance tips when it comes to brakes:
- Use a brake meter to verify the braking power of each of your four wheels. Also, remember to check the effectiveness of the circuit.
- Follow the prescribed level of brake fluid and have it replaced every two years or 50,000 miles.
- Check the state of your brake pads. They may become blunted due to excessive use.
- Change the brake shoe or brake block when you have changed your brake pads for the fourth time.
- Never attempt to modify your car’s original brake system.
Other maintenance tips that work best with brakes include keeping the car in perfect condition, especially during spring. The environment can be a little damp during spring time and a damping brake system is responsible for an increase of 10% in the distance necessary for restraining. In addition, it is important that you keep an eye on the state and the pressure of your tires because they determine the effectiveness of the brakes. After all, the tires are the instruments that convey the power and braking. Make sure to stop and rest every two hours if you are driving in a very long journey to protect your tires and brakes.
Last but not the least, take into account the state of the road whenever you are driving. Asphalts grip better than others. Take note of weather conditions, too. The weather has huge effects on the efficiency and capacity of your brakes. Snow and ice, as well as the first drops of rain, mixed together with dust and dirt on the roads, make brake grip less.
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824 East Fletcher Avenue Tampa, FL 33612