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The Importance of Brake Maintenance

Your vehicle’s brake system is one of its most important safety features. Ensuring you have proper working brakes will keep you from sliding through an intersection or rear-ending another car. Getting a brake inspection is the best way to ensure that your brakes are in proper condition because you don’t want to find out that they need maintenance when it’s already too late.

Your vehicle’s owner’s manual will have a recommended service schedule for your brakes, but brake wear can depend on your driving habits. Be aware of these signs that indicate that your brakes need to be inspected:

  • Brake “fades” or losses responsiveness when you step on it.
  • Your vehicle pulls to one side when you brake.
  • You hear a grinding or squealing noise when you brake.
  • Your brakes vibrate.
  • You can press your brake all the way to the floor.
  • You see stains under your vehicle that could be from leaking brake fluid.
  • You see dark brake fluid in your reservoir.

If you notice any of these scenarios are happening with your vehicle, you should make an appointment at your nearest Tirecraft location for a brake inspection.

When you get a brake inspection, we will first take your vehicle for a test drive to replicate the issue with your brakes. Then we will do a visual inspection for signs of damage or leaks and check your brake fluid. Then we will do a wheel inspection to check your caliper assemblies, brake rotors, brake pads, and brake drums. If we find any issue with any of your brake components, we will give you an estimate on the repairs.

To help keep your brakes in proper working condition, you can follow these recommendations:

  • Come to a gradual stop and avoid slamming on your brakes.
  • Leave a three-second gap between you and the vehicle in front of you.
  • Check your brake fluid regularly.

Make an appointment today at your local Tirecraft for any vehicle or tire maintenance issues, and we will help you keep your vehicle on the road longer. Tirecraft – Real People Servicing Real Life.