Preventative Maintenance: How Can You Tell Your Brakes Need Inspected?

We imagine that it’s a safe bet that every driver knows they need their brakes to slow down or stop. Brakes are not only essential for safety they are required in order for your vehicle to run properly. The next time you need to slam on your brakes to avoid hitting something or someone, don’t forget to give thanks to a properly operating brake system!

The life of your brakes depends on many factors. There is no clear cut schedule for brake replacement, so you must rely on yourself (mainly your ears) and you must rely on your  automotive technician to determine if there is an issue with your brakes. A good rule of thumb is to have your brakes inspected when you have your tires rotated. 

Hear some screeching from the car stopping next to you at a red light? Some but not all brake pads come equipped with a built-in wear sensor. When you hear the screech, its the wear sensor alerting the driver that the vehicle has worn brake pads. Again, some but not all vehicles will have a dashboard warning that lights up, but this is found mostly on higher end vehicles. 

What Components Make Up a Vehicles Braking System? 

  • Master Cylinder
  • Brake Calipers
  • Brake Lines
  • Brake Pistons
  • Brake Pads
  • Power Booster aka  Vacuum Booster
  • Brake Hoses
  • Parking Brake
  • Brake Fluid

What Symptoms Can Alert You to a Brake Issue?

  • Car pulls to one side during braking
  • Pulsating brake pedal or steering wheel shake
  • Brake pedal feels “mushy”
  • Unusual noise when you step on the brake pedal
  • Repeatedly needing to add brake fluid to the master cylinder
  • Brake fluid has sprayed onto outside of wheel
  • Unusual odor or noise

Paying heed to these subtle changes can save your pocketbook a lot of money.  By taking the time to notice what your vehicle is telling you can save you so much frustration, not to mention a fender bender. Aspen Auto Clinic recommends having your brakes checked twice a year or approximately every 6,000 miles. 

“Not all vehicles will warn you in advance that you need new brakes. Peeking though the wheel only allows you to see the brake pad and they don’t tell your brake’s entire story. Removing all of the wheels to inspect your brakes is the best way to determine the current condition of your braking system.

Byron Thompson, Shop Foreman & ASE Master Technician,

Jet Stream Location

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The braking system on your vehicle is easily the most important safety item on your vehicle. If you ever suspect that you are having issues, it is critical that you have your brakes inspected as soon as possible. Our April Spring Sale will provide you with a detailed inspection report and will also include a free, no obligation written estimate. 

Let us help you identify any issues with your brakes before they create a safety hazard. At Aspen Auto Clinic we don’t just repair your car, we work with you to help you keep your car in excellent running order for many years to come! Call to schedule an appointment at one of our 5 locations or click the link below!

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