3 Reasons To Schedule A Brake Inspection Before Winter
A brake inspection and potential brake repair before winter is a proactive step that every motorist should take. It ensures that your vehicle’s brakes are in top-notch condition and ready to face the challenges posed by winter weather. Here are three compelling reasons why you should schedule a brake inspection before the snow arrives.
1. To ensure your brake fluid isn’t old
Brake fluid transfers the force applied to the brake pedal to the brake callipers, ultimately slowing down or stopping your vehicle. Over time, brake fluid can absorb moisture from the air, decreasing its effectiveness. In cold temperatures, this moisture can make the fluid so thick that it won’t work properly, compromising your safety. A brake inspection assesses the condition of your brake fluid and replaces it if necessary, ensuring your brakes perform reliably in winter.
2. To check your brakes for rust and moisture damage
Salt and moisture can wreak havoc on your vehicle, especially your brakes. The corrosive nature of road salt, used to melt ice and snow, can accelerate the deterioration of the brake components. Additionally, moisture can infiltrate your brake system, causing rust and reducing braking efficiency. A pre-winter auto inspection can identify brake corrosion or moisture issues and repair them before they get worse.
3. To prevent road hazards and accidents
Winter roads are notorious for being littered with hidden hazards, such as icy patches, slush and potholes. Slippery roads, reduced visibility and unpredictable weather demand responsive brakes that can handle sudden stops and unexpected obstacles. A brake inspection ensures that your brake pads, rotors and callipers are in optimal condition, providing you with the stopping power needed to navigate winter roads safely.
Telltale signs you need your brakes repaired.
Your brakes need attention if you notice the following signs:
- Your brakes have a squishy or airy feel.
- You hear grinding or squealing when applying the brakes.
- Your car shudders or wobbles when applying the brakes.
- You notice a burning smell.
- Your car pulls to one side when you brake.
- It takes longer for you to stop than normal.
- The anti-lock braking system (ABS) warning light on your dashboard comes on
Many auto centres offer brake inspection and repair services as part of a routine oil change maintenance service.
Auto inspection services in Vancouver and the Lower Mainland
Don’t wait until the first snowfall — get your brakes inspected at a Minit-Tune Brake & Auto Centres today. Our technicians will check your entire braking system and recommend repairs or replacement. Contact us today to book an inspection and use our online coupon for discounts on new brake pads.
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