How to take care of your breaks

Your brakes are one of the most important parts of your car. That’s why you never want to put off making necessary repairs ore replacements. Stopping isn’t really optional, after all. When you need to stop, you need to stop and not being able to make cause an accident and put you at risk.

Despite that, you’d be amazed at how many drivers don’t think about their brakes at all or take the necessary steps to keep them in good shape. This includes having them inspected regularly and getting them repaired as soon as you realize someone is wrong. The safety of you, your passengers and other road users depend on it.


Here are the most common issues that require attention:


General wear and tear

Your brake pads wear down over time. This is completely natural and it is part and parcel of owning a car. You use your brakes every day so it’s only natural for them to show signs of wear after a couple of years. You need to have your brake pads inspected every six months or so, so that issues can be spotted and resolved quickly. Sequaking, grinding and delays in stopping are all signs that you should get your brake pads checked. Your brakes may even vibrate if they need inspecting.


Damage to the rotor

All disc-brake systems have rotors that can be damaged. The rotor itself can warp when overheated or if it has been incorrectly installed. You’ll be able to tell if this happens through a pulsating feeling in your brakes. Not only is this feeling annoying it is incredibly dangerous, too. You need to get your brakes checked as soon as you feel it. The newer your vehicle, the more risk it has of having a warped rotor. That’s because newer rotors are much thinner than rotors on older cars.


A dirty braking system

Driving is a dirty business and a huge amount of muck and grime can build up in your braking system over time. The more dirt in your braking system, the harder your brakes have to work to create the same amount of stopping power. As a result, it is important to keep both your wheels and your brakes clean and in great shape. Make sure that these are taken care of whenever you get your car cleaned and serviced.


If you think there is a problem with your brakes, our team at Chaney’s Collision can help. We understand the vital role your brakes play in your car and in your safety while driving. We regularly inspect all of our client’s brakes and make instant fixes whenever we spot an issue. So what are you waiting for? Come visit us today to make sure your brakes are in tip-top shape or to have an existing problem with your brakes checked quickly, safely and for the best price possible. There really is no time to waste. If you suspect a problem do not carry on driving, come and see our team instead.