Stopping your car or avoiding obstacles on slippery winter roads is difficult enough, even if your brakes are in working order. If they’re squishy and unresponsive, though, responding to unpredictable conditions suddenly becomes very risky. Having your vehicle thoroughly examined and taking care of any brake repairs before winter truly hits will help ensure you reach your destination safely.
Why You Should Have Brake Repairs Taken Care of Before Winter
Fluid Leaks Might Lead to Failure
When you push the brake pedal, a piston forces brake fluid into a tube, which forces another piston on the other end outward, putting pressure on your brake. If your levels are low or the system has a leak, your brakes won’t be able to exert enough pressure to stop the car. If not fixed promptly, a leak could cause a total failure, essentially leaving you unable to control your vehicle.
Worn Pads Make Brakes Sluggish
During the winter, you may need to stop quickly to avoid other accidents, skidding vehicles, and road debris. Worn-out brake pads make your car less responsive, dramatically increasing the amount of time it takes to bring your vehicle to a stop. In the long run, worn pads can also damage the rotors and other vital components, increasing the chances of something going seriously wrong.
Bad Brakes Make Skids More Likely
Several common brake problems can cause your vehicle to one side when you try to stop. When the roads are icy that pull can turn into a dangerous skid if you have to slam on the brakes. If your vehicle pulls to the side, have a brake repair professional look at it as soon as possible.
With over 170 years of combined automotive experience, access to some of the most advanced equipment in the business, and a reputation for quality service, Frecks & Sons' Automotive is St. Peters, MO’s, trusted repair shop. Their highly trained team can do it all, from simple brake repairs to complete engine rebuilds, and is committed to ensuring you get back on the road safely. Visit their website for a full list of their services, or call (636) 928-5326 to schedule your brake repairs today.