There’s a lot you can do to ensure your vehicle continues running and performing at the top of its game. The most obvious, of course, is keeping up with routine maintenance. However, there are multiple factors to consider when it comes to your vehicle’s maintenance schedule. One of the most important aspects of proper maintenance is brake service. It can be quite scary to experience bake trouble out on the road. You can prevent this by taking good care of your brakes. After all, the brake system is highly complex and requires special attention throughout your vehicle’s lifetime. Alaska Tire Service has gathered some helpful tips on brake service to get you started.
What To Look For
The good news is that there are specific signs you can look for when it comes to the health of your brakes. With that said, you should get in the habit of having your brake pads checked every six months or so. If you notice problems in the meantime, such as grinding or squeaking, it might be time to have them looked at. Another reason to take your vehicle in for brake service is if you suddenly need an increased stopping distance. You should also be on the lookout for warped rotors, which will often result in a pulsating feeling when you press the brake pedal. This tends to be more of an issue in newer cars with thin rotors that can warp easily.
So, what can you do to keep your brakes in excellent shape between service appointments? First and foremost, you should avoid riding your brakes. Instead, you should slow down with moderate pressure and then release the brake. This will prevent your brakes from overheating, which is inevitable when you ride them. When you’re driving on steep hills that offer good traction, you should try to downshift to save your brakes. This allows your engine to do some of the braking. Finally, always keep your wheels and braking system as clean as possible. It should come as no surprise that your brakes will work better when they’re clean.
Have additional questions regarding brake service? Alaska Tire Service has got you covered. Don’t hesitate to give us a call or swing by and see us for assistance with wheel, tires, or repairs. We’re located in Anchorage and Eagle River, AK.