Brakes are the most important safety feature on modern vehicles. Without a functional braking system, your chances of being involved in an auto accident increase. Maintaining your braking system is an essential part of car ownership.
If you overlook brake services, you could find yourself without the ability to bring your vehicle to a stop quickly and efficiently in the face of an emergency. Consider the potential dangers that exist when you fail to have your brakes serviced on a regular basis.
1. Brake pads can wear out.
Your vehicle's braking system is a complex network of parts. The brake pads are responsible for creating the friction that actually stops your vehicle's wheels from turning. These pads clamp down onto a metal rotor when the brake pedal is pressed.
Worn brake pads can't create sufficient contact with the rotor to stop your vehicle quickly. The rotor can also sustain serious damage when the protective coating on your brake pads wears off. Regular brake servicing allows a technician to identify brake pads that are starting to wear so they can be replaced before the rotors are damaged during braking.
2. Brake hoses can crack.
Modern braking systems have many moving parts. These parts must be kept lubricated at all times to prevent corrosion and ensure braking efficiency. Lubrication is provided by brake fluid that runs throughout the braking system.
Brake fluid is transported through a series of rubber hoses. Temperature fluctuations and impact damage can cause brake fluid hoses to crack. A cracked hose allows brake fluid to leak from your braking system, leaving your vehicle vulnerable to brakes that are slow to respond to the depression of the brake pedal.
Experienced technicians will check the condition of all your brake hoses during regular services to ensure you always have ample brake fluid in your braking system.
3. Air can infiltrate brake hoses.
One of the biggest enemies your brake system encounters is air. Any air that finds its way into your brake hoses can compromise the braking system's ability to compress properly. Poor compression usually means sluggish braking. You might not be able to stop as quickly as you need to when there is air in your brake hoses.
Regular brake services include a bleed of the brake hoses. A technician will push fresh brake fluid through all brake hoses, removing any air bubbles that might have formed over time.