A car engine will require different services such as a change in engine oil or tune up to maintain peak performance and brake services perform the same functions when it comes to braking power and efficiency. Most high performance cars possess both engine power and superb braking performance, as a critical balance of these two factors will dictate the overall road holding capabilities of such a vehicle.
The vigilant car owner should have the brakes checked as often as possible, not only as a practice to achieve maximum performance, but road safety as well. The braking system should be inspected when the car undergoes preventive maintenance service such as an oil change. Brake pads and brake rotors should be checked for proper specifications to maintain peak braking performance. Here are common brake services that will not only help prolong the life of your braking system, but will maintain a high degree of safety on the road as well.
This relatively simple procedure will remove excess moisture and air inside the braking system. Ask any mechanic and they will tell you that air and/or moisture in the brake fluid and braking lines will reduce the efficiency of your braking system. This will also result to a soft or mushy pedal feel, resulting in additional pedal effort to stop the car. Flushing the brake fluid once a year will also prevent rust and corrosion of various metal parts in the braking system. It is safe insurance to have the system flushed and replenished with fresh, high quality brake fluid at least once a year.
The term might sound morbid to most, but bleeding the brakes every time service is available will make sure the system is free from excess air that will affect braking performance. Brake fluid is hygroscopic and a veritable magnet when it comes to absorbing moisture. Bleeding the brakes will release the air and moisture trapped in the system for a more consistent pedal feel, especially in high performance or aggressive driving.
The brake pads are responsible for the friction produced that makes the car lose momentum. The pads come into contact with the spinning rotor that will eventually stop the car or reduce speed according to peak pressure applied. Brake pads will wear over time and repeated use as the friction and high heat contribute to the wear on the pads. It is necessary to have your brake pads inspected and replaced, according to manufacturer’s specifications or when the pads are excessively thin. This will ensure maximum braking efficiency that is lost with the use of thin or worn brake pads.
If you notice that the brake pedal sinks lower to the floor as pressure is applied, then the pedal would have to be adjusted for proper play and height to provide accurate braking power (considering the entire system is within factory specifications). Have the pedal checked for proper play and height when brake service is required to get the most out of the system.
These common brake services are all necessary to maintain an efficient and powerful braking system. Follow the recommended service guidelines as indicated in the owner’s manual for a hassle and trouble-free motoring experience.