Proper brakes are essential to the safety of both yourself and other motorists. Kwik Kar recommends periodic inspection of your brake system and if needed, any maintenance performed to be sure the system is properly functioning. By doing so, the risk of brake problems and failures will be at a minimum.
To keep brakes in proper condition, consider following the guidelines below:
Check Fluid Levels
It is necessary to have an adequate amount of brake fluid in the brake fluid reservoir. A good rule of thumb to remember is that it must always be at least two-thirds full. If it is not, we recommend you bring you car in to have a Kwik Kar tech add fluid.
Check Brake Lines
Under your vehicle, check for wetness, dry streaks, or any rust on the brake lines. If you encounter any of these misfortunes, it could be a sure sign of a brake system failure.
Check Brake Hoses
If there are any cracks, bubbles, indications that the hoses have been rubbing against something or excessive bulging, they have worn past their prime working condition and require replacement.
Check Brake Lining & Pads
Upon removal of the wheel, you will see the brake pad. It sets against the rotor. If there is no pad, or less than two-millimeter thickness of padding left, it is time for new pads.
Check Wheel Bearings
You will need to support the vehicle on jack stands. While to the side of the vehicle put your gear in Neutral if you have an automatic transmission, or out of gear if you have a manual transmission, and rotate the wheel. Any unusual noise may indicate a damaged wheel bearing.
*Some tips listed above may need to be done by a qualified technician.
Squealing, rubbing, brake pull, grinding and vibration are just a few signs that you may be experiencing brake difficulties. Kwik Kar recommends that you bring your car in for a thorough brake analysis if you have any suspicion of incorrect brake operation.