How To Keep Your Brakes in Good Condition - Service Information at Capitol Chevrolet

It's hard to overstate the importance of your vehicle's brakes when it comes to keeping you safe. Since this is the case, it makes sense that you'd want to keep your brakes in the best possible condition. At Capitol Chevrolet, we provide you with important information on Chevrolet service--and thiat includes this page about taking care of your brakes. By following the five tips below, you'll help your brakes have a long life protecting you and your family.

Having your brake pads replaced when necessary is vital to your safety 

5. Have Your Brake Pads/Shoes Replaced Regularly

The brake pads on disc brakes and brake shoes on drum brakes are the key players in your vehicle's brake system. They bear the brunt of the braking force, saving more expensive components from damage. Every time you brake, a lining on the pads or rotors wears down a little bit. If the brake pads and shoes aren't replaced when needed, the lining can wear down entirely, leaving only the metal backing to be pressed against the brake rotor. At this point, metal will grind against metal, creating a variety of expensive and dangerous problems. For this reason, it's vital that you have the brake pads (and shoes, if applicable) replaced at the recommended intervals.

 
Having brake fluid drained and replaced at the recommended intervals is good maintenance 

4. Get Your Brake Fluid Flushed When Necessary

The hydraulic brake fluid in your vehicle is why the braking system works. You see, brake fluid is what transfers force from the brake pedal to the brakes themselves. It's a hygroscopic fluid, which means that it takes on water even from the air. Eventually, this makes the brake fluid less effective, at which time it will need to be drained and replaced. Fortunately, brake fluid flushes don't need to happen nearly as often as brake pad changes.

3. Get Regular Brake Inspections

Having your brakes inspected regularly is perhaps the best way to make sure they stay in good repair. This is because certified technicians performing an inspection can catch issues while they're still minor, before they develop into full-fledged problems. Let's take a look at brake fluid, for example. If one of the brake fluid lines developes a small leak, it may be awhile before the brakes stop working as well. If a technician catches this early and fixes it, you won't be caught on the road with weak brakes.

A Chevy model driving down the road 

2. Keep an Eye & Ear Out for Signs of Trouble

Of course, things can go wrong between inspections, too. This is why it's best to always look out for signs of brake trouble. Make sure to listen for any noises when you brake; a squealing sound may be caused by a wear indicator on a brake pad, while a grinding could be caused by brake pads with no liner left. If the brake pedal feels soft or spongy, be sure to have it looked at right away. And of course, nobody knows how your Chevy feels the way that you do. If something feels wrong, trust your instincts and have it checked out.

1. Drive Carefully

Not only do good driving practices keep you safer, but they also help ensure that your brakes will last longer. Following too closely or not leaving enough time to stop smoothly at a stoplight or stop sign can cause accidents, but they can also put immense strain on your brakes. After all, driving this way typically requires more from the brake system. Additionally, you should also make sure not to overload your vehicle. Driving around with too much weight will also work the brake system much harder.