To help keep your vehicle in the best condition possible, it is important to have it inspected on a regular basis. Part of this is bringing the vehicle in so we can inspect it for you. Between regular visits, make sure you notice if anything is out of the norm with the vehicle. No matter what the time of the year is, brakes and brake fluids gather more importance since they are instrumental in balancing your vehicle and keeping it from skidding on the road. Brake inspections will need to be supplemented with tire inspections, steering, suspension concerns, and overall fuel system checking to ensure overall performance despite the cold winter and frost. The brakes are the most important components to be checked before winter. Maintaining brakes in winter is a simple task.
Maintaining the Brakes in the Winter
Your brake pedals must be within the stipulated heights as mentioned in the manufacturer’s manual your vehicle comes with. If the brake pedals are not at the right height, there can be a lot of damage that the brakes might face ranging from damage to the pedal bushing, push rod or the springs of the brake. Winters are the time when you might get to witness the brake dragging. This requires you to ensure that you use the brake pedal free braking also at times. Since brake pedals are inadvertently connected to the actuator system that links to the suspension system, any problem with the brake pedal will result in a problem to the suspension and steering system too.
Make sure to Check the Brake Fluid
Winters are times when your brake fluids are sure to freeze and create problems in driving your car. To ensure that your brake fluids are in top notch condition, you must ensure that there is no moisture and precipitation leakage in the brake fluid cylinder. If there is no external moisture in the braking cylinder, you can have proper braking efficiency and very less chances of freezing, as per AAA guidelines. Also, when it comes to braking fluids, you must ensure that the fluid levels in the cylinders are within the levels prescribed by the manufacturer’s manual. Most brake cylinders are translucent these days and you can see the level without any need of opening the cap. However, if you do have to open the cap, make sure that you do not touch the fluid while checking for its level.
Inspecting the Brakes Regularly
If you want a routine brake inspection, we recommend disengaging one front and one rear wheel for checkups. You can take a look at the disc brakes, the brake drums, the friction pads, and the actuators in the assembly. You must also make sure there are no wet spots in the braking assembly. In case of wet spots, you must check the braking fluid cylinder for leaks and arrange for a repair immediately. In case you clean the brake assembly, make sure you use only brake cleaning fluid. Brakes contain some harmful particles if you inhale them, hence, do not blow dust off the brakes. By bringing the vehicle in for a brake inspection, you can help keep them in the best condition possible.