Three Ways to Ensure Brake Safety
It doesn't matter if you own a cheap compact or a top of the line sports car. Proper maintenance is required to ensure brake safety as most problems stem from neglect on the part of the owner. Brake components are designed to withstand heavy loads and extreme temperatures. This is the reason why aftermarket brake components and products are designed to exceed industry standards and are made from high quality and durable materials.
However, all the technology involved in the manufacture and performance of the braking system will not be utilized if proper care and maintenance is neglected. Most car owners deny the fact that the brakes are most often neglected when it comes to preventive maintenance and are only given attention once a problem or unusual occurrence is felt. Problems could be avoided by simply being attentive to brake maintenance specifications that are required for every car, whether young or old. Here are three ways on how to ensure brake safety at all times:
1. Check the System
It would be wise to have the braking system checked each time the car undergoes an oil change. Have a mechanic inspect the quality of the brake fluid and condition of the brake pads with each visit. Have the brake lines checked as well. Be wary of sudden changes in braking performance and pedal feel. Have the system checked as soon as possible when such an occurrence continue to persist. Take time to check the level of brake fluid inside the reservoir at least once a week or before taking a long trip and replenish as needed. This is relatively simple to do as the reservoir is clear so the level could be easily determined.
2. Use High Quality Brake Pads
Brakes rely on friction to stop your car and produce tremendous amounts of heat in the process. The brake pads would have to be made of the highest quality materials to absorb and dispel excess heat from the calipers for maximum braking performance. This is the reason why it is unwise to scrimp on quality brake pads and other friction lined braking components as the price difference is not worth the risk when it comes to performance. Brake failure could mean the difference between life or death and is a gamble not worth partaking. Always insist on high quality OEM (or better) brake pads when in need of replacement.
3. Brake Fluid Flush
Proper brake maintenance includes flushing of the brake fluid at least once a year or when service has been performed to the system. This ensures that the brake fluid is free of moisture which can be harmful to metal components and affect performance. Have a qualified mechanic or service center flush the fluid and replenish with high quality brake fluid according to manufacturer's specifications.
Remember to be sensitive to changes that are felt in your braking system such as dragging, noise or poor performance. Always have the system checked by a qualified mechanic or authorized dealer to prevent any potential brake problems in the future.