Your Brakes Are Crucial – Make Sure They Function Properly

Most people are quite good at keeping their cars in good shape. We all want our cars to start and run every time we turn the engine on.
However, many people don’t always check to make sure that our cars can stop properly whenever it needs to. There are a lot of things that you can fix yourself but when it comes to something crucial as brakes, it’s imperative that you have a professional mechanic take a look for you.
Many people aren’t aware of the fact that tire pressure is very important when it comes to stopping on time. Too much pressure in your tires will cause them to expand and you won’t be riding across the entire width of the tire, the way is supposed to, and this will increase the distance that it will take you to stop. Also under inflated tires will wear on the outer ribs and this will cause in less traction, which in turn lends itself to longer stopping distances. So keep your tires properly inflated. Purchase your own quality tire gauge, don’t go by the pressure gauge at the gas station as these are notoriously inaccurate. It is a good idea to inspect your tire pressure is once a week, or if there is a significant change in the weather. Check all of your tires including the spare.
The next step is checking your brake fluid. Before removing the cap to your brake fluid reservoir, wipe the cap down, dirt and grime on it could end up in the fluid. Once you have determined the level and need to add some make sure you use DOT (Department of Transportation) 3 or 4. If the reservoir has two parts make sure you fill them both. While you have the hood open take a look for any leaks or cracked hoses. If needed get your car to your mechanic or dealer right away. Don’t let a small issue escalate and jeopardize your safety.
The components which make up the brakes, rotors, pads, discs are pretty straightforward. Any visible physical damage is a sign that you need replacement parts. If you have less than 1/8 inch on your pads it is time to replace them. If your discs aren’t shiny or have deep grooves they may need replacing but they may also just need to be turned. Ask your mechanic if you aren’t sure. Slight lines in the disc are normal, but large grooves are not. Also take a closer look at the hoses to make sure there aren’t any cracks or leaks.
. Remember to check your brakes at least twice a year. Use an easy to remember system like your computer’s calendar or use the reminder feature on your cellular phone.

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