Owning a vehicle means keeping up on all the regular maintenance, such as oil changes, tire rotations, and yearly tuneups. But what about your brakes? Most people don’t realize there’s something wrong with them until it’s too late. The next time you take your car in for service, ask your mechanic about a brake repair and flushing your system.
3 Reasons to Flush Your Brakes
Your brake lines are an essential part of the stopping power of your vehicle. Even though the fluid lives within a sealed system of hoses, moisture from the surrounding air can seep through and mix with the solution. Water in your brake lines lowers the boiling point of the fluid, which affects the stopping power you have in hard-stop situations. Water can also cause corrosion in the calipers, master cylinder, and other mechanisms that operate your brakes. A regularly scheduled brake repair will help prevent some of these problems.
2. Age & Mileage
Different manufacturers have different timeframes for when your brake fluid should be flushed. For example, Mercedes-Benz® recommends a fluid flush every two years or 20,000 miles. Chevrolet®, on the other hand, recommends a flush every 45,000 miles. Your driving habits can impact these suggestions, and if you’re in stop-and-go traffic every day, you’ll probably have to take your car in for brake repair more often. Age also plays a role since brake fluid can break down over time. If you’re worried about how old the brake fluid is in your vehicle, talk to your mechanic the next time you see them.
3. Stopping Power
If you’ve noticed a change in the way your car stops or how your brake pedal seems to be functioning, your braking system needs some attention. Flushing the system and having the fluid replaced will likely fix the problem. Unlike a brake bleed, which is just the removal of enough liquid to get rid of air bubbles in the brake line, flushing the system restores the integrity of the brake lines and allows your mechanic to flush out any debris or rust that’s floating around in the old fluid. With new fluid in your brake lines, you’ll notice an increase in your car’s stopping power.
Regular maintenance is just a part of owning a vehicle. If your brakes feel funny or are making noise, take your car to the trusted team at Ken Marcotte’s Professional Auto Service in Loveland, OH. Their fully licensed team of mechanics can do brake repairs, oil changes, car diagnostics, and tire replacements. See a list of their services online, or you can give them a call at (513) 683-7852 to schedule an appointment today.