Benefits of Brake Service
Benefits of Brake Service
Brakes are one of the most critical aspects of your vehicle and can make a big difference in mitigating a collision and can even save lives. Brake maintenance and servicing are just as essential as oil changes and tire swaps. Ensuring that your brakes are adequately serviced can be the difference between a life-or-death situation and play a significant role in road safety.
What Does Brake Servicing Involve?
Brake servicing does not always have to involve complete brake replacement. Brake replacement is only necessary when the brake pads have been worn down enough to be less than a couple of millimeters, which can take a few years. However, other brake maintenance should also be completed to ensure that your brakes work as intended.
Your vehicle’s brakes should be cleaned regularly to ensure that built-up dust, dirt, road grime, and other debris are not reducing braking efficiency.
Ensuring no damaged or broken pieces within your brakes will help them work as they should. Damaged parts can include rubber calliper slider boots, brake shims, bleeder screw caps, and brake clips or springs. Ensuring that you replace broken parts is essential to prolonging the life of your brakes, ensuring they are working effectively, and increasing road safety.
Bleeding the Brakes
Another brake maintenance task is “bleeding the brakes.” This means your brake fluid is flushed out to eliminate old fluid, bubbles, and other contaminants. Performing this simple task can significantly improve brake responsiveness and will give you a more immediate and tight feeling when braking.
Once all these maintenance tasks have been completed, the mechanic will apply new grease to your vehicle’s calliper sliders, brake show adjusters, and other brake parts. Using this grease will help your vehicle’s brakes slide smoothly, prevents rust and seizing, and prolong the life of your brakes.
Why Should I Get My Brakes Serviced?
As mentioned, it is vital to get your brakes serviced to promote good road safety. Your brakes are what stop you (literally) from hitting a pedestrian, animal, or other vehicles on the road and can mitigate a collision. Responsive brakes can allow for a quick lapse in judgement or slower reaction time than brakes which take a long time to get you to a complete stop. Furthermore, getting regular brake checks and servicing is more cost-effective in the long run, as it is easier (and cheaper!) to fix minor issues like build-up dirt or worn-down brake pads than total brake replacement due to brake failure from overuse or other problems.
How Often Do I Need to Service My Brakes?
A good rule of thumb is to get your brakes checked every time you rotate your tires, so about every six months. Furthermore, it is recommended that you get your brake pads replaced every 15,000 to 30,000 kilometres to ensure effective and safe brake responsiveness. However, the exact mileage for maintenance of your brake pads depends on various factors, including the make and model of your vehicle, the climate you drive in, and your driving style. Other tell-tale signs that you should look out for that indicate your brakes need to be inspected include squealing, screeching, or grinding noises when braking, a shaking sensation in the vehicle or brake pedal, and having to press the brake pedal much harder to come to a complete stop. If you are experiencing any of these signs or your vehicle is due for a brake check, visit our Service Centre in Charlottetown, Prince Edward Island. Our qualified technicians here at Charlottetown Mitsubishi can inspect, diagnose, and repair any problems for you with quick efficiency to get your car back on the road in working order in no time!