3 Ways To Take Care Of Your Brakes This Spring

Spring is a great time to check the brakes on your vehicle and make sure that everything is working properly before you get into the spring and summer driving season. Here are three ways that you can specifically take care of your brake system within all of your vehicles this spring.

#1 Check The Brake Fluid

The first thing you need to do is check your brake fluid to see how full the brake fluid is. There should be a fill mark on the side of where the brake fluid goes into your vehicle. There should be a maximum and minimum fill line, and your brake fluid level should be filled between the maximum and minimum levels. If it is not, you are going to want to top off your brake fluid.

You are also going to want to check the condition of the brake fluid by opening the cap and pulling out the dip stick. If the fluid looks milky at all, that means that water is getting into your brake fluid. That means you need to completely replace and not just top off your brake fluid.

#2 Drain Brake Lines

Second, it is a good idea to drain your brake lines every few years. Draining your brake lines will take all of the old brake fluid out of your vehicle. Over time, contaminants could get into your brake fluid, so this is the best way to ensure that you have clean brake fluid in your vehicle.

#3 Check The Condition Of Your Pads & Rotors

Finally, you are going to want to check the conditions of your pads and rotors. To best check the condition of your pads and rotors, you are going to want to remove your tires so you can really inspect them. When you check your brake pads, you want to make sure that they are not worn down too low. If your brake pads are getting really worn down or your rotors are really scratched up, you are going to want to replace them soon.  

Your brakes are an integral part of keeping you safe on the road. When your brake pads and rotors get worn down, you will not be able to stop as quickly as you have in the past.

When your brake fluid is low or compromised, your entire brake system will not work as it is designed to and could require major repairs down the road. Complete the three checks above yourself, or pay for your mechanic to do a complete brake check on your vehicle. A brake check can usually be completed in a couple of hours. 

Talk with a professional brake service service, such as Buettner Tire & Auto, for more information.