You've probably heard countless times that brakes maintenance is a must. Yet, many drivers put it off time and time again.
Excuses abound. Lack of time and high repair costs are the most popular. But there is one really dangerous pretext that stands out from the rest - thinking that brake service is only necessary when performance declines or a warning light comes on.
Overconfidence, the main enemy of road safety
In the last 30 years, automakers have invested millions in improving car safety. As part of this effort, modern cars now feature a variety of warning indicators in the instrument cluster. The brake warning light and the brake (pad) wear indicator are two of them. The problem with these indicators is that many people misunderstand their true purpose.
Contrary to popular belief, brake system warning indicators are not there to remind you to have your brakes serviced. These indicators are designed to warn you that there is a problem with your brakes, and that it may be serious.
Simply put, just because your car has a brake wear indicator does not mean you have to wait for it to come on to check the condition of the brake pads. This indicator basically lights up when the pads have dropped below a certain thickness. In other words, the sensors that measure pad wear don't take into account the low temperatures during the winter that can crystallize the pads or the extreme heat in College Station, TX during the summer that often causes brake fade.
The same can be said for the brake warning light. If this light comes on while you are driving, it may be because the brake fluid level is low, which could mean that the system has a leak.
The bottom line is, you may be taking unnecessary risk on the road without even knowing it.
Nothing replaces regular maintenance
Here at Gladney Automotive Solutions in College Station we take road safety seriously. For that reason, we assure you that nothing replaces regular brake inspection.
Our highly-skilled technicians have the experience and OEM tools necessary to perform a thorough inspection of your car's entire brake system to make sure everything is working properly. For safety reasons, it is best to do this type of inspection every 20K-60K or at least twice a year.
Give us a call or learn more at https://gladneyautomotive.com
Gladney Automotive Solutions L.L.C.
2421 Harvey Mitchell Pkwy S
College Station TX 77840
"Solutions For Modern Vehicle Service"
Gladney Automotive Solutions College Station Brake System Inspection Checklist
- Preform OBD2 scan health report
- Test drive the car looking for squeaking or grinding noises as well as abnormal vibrations.
- Tire condition and pressure inspection
- Brake pads, calipers and rotors visual check with tire removal front & rear
- Brake fluid level check
- Check brake fluid leaks
- Test the brake pedal
Gladney Automotive Solutions Brake Services/Maintenance
- EV (electric vehicle) brake lubrication service
- Lubrication and cleaning of brake caliber slide pins
- Lubrication and cleaning of brake pad/shoe contact points
- Parking brake calibration
- Wheel bearing service
- Replacement of brake pads
- Replacement of brake shoes
- Replacement of brake rotors
- Replacement of brake drums
- Replacement of brake calibers
- Replacement of brake hose
- Replacement of brake lines
- Replacement of brake wheel cylinders
- Replacement of brake master cylinder
- Replacement of brake booster