When it comes to vehicle safety, the quality and condition of your car’s braking system is very important. Well-maintained brakes can be the difference between avoiding an accident or not.
The friction of your tires against the road is what slows down and stops your car. The brakes are responsible for stopping the wheels from spinning. It’s the job of the brake pads and discs (and sometimes shoes and drums) to create the resistance needed to cause this action - and each time your vehicle brakes, the brake pad linings begins to wear.
Brake (hydraulic) fluid is another important part of what makes your brakes work. This fluid operates under high pressure and high temperature to help the various components in your brake system run smoothly. It’s important to ensure your vehicle’s brake fluid is in good condition to maintain its primary function. Over time, brake fluid will degrade and require replacement in order to maintain the often expensive hydraulic components of today’s vehicles.
Do you hear a noise when you brake? Does your car vibrate when you come to even a gradual stop? Those are signs of the brake pads and discs wearing down. It’s recommended that drivers check their brakes every 15,000 to 20,000 kilometres, but if you’re already noticing signs of deterioration then a check-up should be performed immediately.