Your foot meets the accelerator pedal and your car takes off – but what happens when you hit the brakes? If you’re not confident in your vehicle’s ability to brake firm and straight, then it’s time for a brake service. With time, all car brakes need attention, and should be attended to urgently.
BRAKE SERVICE AND INSPECTION
If you’re in need of a brake service and inspection take your auto mechanic and they should perform a free brake check service that includes:
- Measurement of front and rear brake pad wear
- Measurement of rotor wear
- Measurement of drum wear
- Strip dip brake fluid test
- E-brake inspection
During the free brake check, it should be determined if your vehicle needs any further brake service, such as:
- Installation of new brake pads or shoes
- Resurfacing or replacement of brake rotors or drums
- Brake fluid change
- Brake bleeding
- Replacement of brake lines, hoses and other brake components
BRAKE FLUID CHANGE
Over time, brake fluid can become contaminated as moisture builds up. Most brake components contain copper and when copper is exposed to moisture, it begins to erode. As brake components erode, particles can begin to contaminate the brake fluid – and that means it’s time for a brake fluid change. During your free brake check, a Tire and Auto Service Professional will inspect and perform a strip dip brake fluid test to determine if you need a brake fluid change. If the strip dip brake fluid tests reveals that your brake fluid is contaminated then it’s time for a brake fluid change.