All too often, vehicle owners think only of doing the auto maintenance that is necessary to make sure their car will go, without thinking much of the importance of knowing if it will stop. Losing your brakes can result in anything from a minor fender bender to a tragically fatal accident. It is not wise to neglect your vehicle’s brakes even though you have a backup (the emergency brake), as that can also prove to be faulty. The best thing you can do for peace of mind is to include a brake check with your regularly scheduled auto maintenance.
A brake check checks all the components of the braking system, including the brake pads, shoes, calipers, rotors, hardware, master cylinder, brake lines, and connections. Not only can this save you from an accident, but it can also save you money. By taking care of brake pads when they first need it, you can avoid more costly repairs that result from braking when the pads can’t do the job anymore.
A good time to get your vehicle’s maintenance done is before winter arrives, and this is also a good time for a brake check. It is difficult to stop on roads that are slick with slush, snow or ice, so it is extra important that your vehicle’s brakes are not in need of service. The extra moisture that comes during the spring thaw can also be detrimental if you have a brake issue going on.
If you are not sure the last time you have a brake check performed, give us a call at Highway Tire Auto & Lube in Terrell, North Carolina. We’ll check each and every component out, so you have peace of mind that you, your family, and others on the road are safe from the dangers of brake failure.