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Brakes & Rotors 101 | Winston-Salem, NC | Credit Union Auto Buying Service

Brake Care: The Basics

Brake care is one of the most important types of vehicle maintenance you can perform. There are a number of ways to ensure that your brakes last a long while before needing to be replaced.

Brake Maintenance

One of the best ways to care for the brakes is to check the brake fluid. If you notice the fluid is getting low, you should replenish it and have the brakes inspected. If your brake fluid is milky, you may need to replace all of it. Additionally, you should keep a close eye on brake pads — if they’re too worn, they could do serious damage to the rotors, which can be pricey to repair.

Warning Signs

Most of the warning signs are tactile or audible. For example, if you notice the brake pedal pulsing when you press down, you may need new brakes. If you hear grinding, thumping, or squealing, those can also be signs. Sometimes, a visual inspection of the wheel will show you that your pads are getting thin. Finally, as mentioned, low brake fluid can be a sign that the pads are getting too low and that you might be warping the rotors.

When to Replace

You should have the brakes inspected regularly — when you change your oil, if possible — to prevent any long-term damage to the vehicle. When possible, slowly engage the brakes and come slowly to a stop to help your brakes last longer. Brake longevity varies with usage and environment. If you drive mostly in rural areas, your brakes might last 50,000 miles. However, if you drive in heavy traffic in a particularly hilly area, the brakes might last less than 10,000 miles. And make sure to buy high-quality brake pads and rotors when it comes time to replace them.

If you suspect your vehicle needs brake service, contact us at Credit Union Auto Buying Service to schedule a maintenance appointment.

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