Brake Inspections – What You Need to Know
Posted January 21, 2016
When your brakes start screeching every time you stop, you know it’s time for a brake service. But how can you know if it’s a routine brake pad replacement or if there’s a bigger issue under the surface?
The answer: a brake inspection.
Your vehicle’s brakes are not just one piece, but rather a brake system with many moving parts and components. It’s not just your brake pads that need replaced – every piece of the brake system must be working properly for your safety, and every component needs periodic maintenance.
When you bring your vehicle to Kenny’s Lakes Area Auto Experts for a brake inspection, our ASE-Certified technicians will check the entire brake system for warning signs and needed service. Catching problems early (with regular inspections) is the only way to avoid serious damage that could put your family at risk.
One thing we check is the wheel cylinder. If there’s a leak in the system, fluid can drip through the wheel cylinder. It may be subtle, but catching the signs of a leak early can ensure that the leak is found and patched before it causes serious problems down the road.
Brake fluid, like any other fluid in your vehicle, needs to be flushed and replaced periodically. As the brake fluid is used it may collect contaminants, thicken, or lose its effectiveness. If there is a leak or the brake fluid can no longer perform its job, our technicians will recommend a brake fluid flush.
The vehicle’s wheel bearings may also be inspected. One thing our technicians watch for is rust – this can indicate a lack of grease in the system. Your wheels may be hard to turn, the seal may no longer hold in the system, and this can cause bigger problems costly repairs and loss of gas mileage.
Don’t ignore the brake system in your vehicle. Brake pads need replaced periodically, but the entire system should be inspected as part of a brake service.
Let a competent technician inspect your brake system so you can catch and fix issues early, avoid costly repairs, and stay safely on the roads in Walled Lake. Call us at (248) 668-1200 to schedule your next appointment or brake inspection.
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