Applying the brakes to slow down and stop is automatic; you never think about it, you just do it. This is why it’s important to make sure that your brake system is always operating as it should be; otherwise, you run the risk of your brakes failing. Benton Road Auto & Diesel Repair lists some brake services we do below for our customers to ensure they can always rely on their brakes. Let’s talk about the services, when they need to be done, and why they are important.
We recommend that you get your brakes inspected every 12,000 miles to 15,000 miles at a maximum. This might seem like overkill, but if you think about it, it equates to about once a year. Inspecting the brakes allows us to check the entire system to make sure that you don’t have any brake fluid leaks and that all of the parts are in good shape; it lets us service your brakes if they need it.
Brake Pad Replacement
There isn’t a set mileage milestone for brake pad replacement because everybody uses their brakes differently and this affects the lifespan of the brake pads. Generally, brake pads are replaced about every 30,000 miles. They are usually replaced when they reach one-quarter of an inch of surface depth. The annual brake inspection allows us to measure your brake pads so we can let you know approximately how much life they have left.
Fluid Flush and Refill
You don’t need to have your brake fluid flushed and refilled very often, but it does need to be done when the fluid is dirty and old. Brake fluid is a hydraulic fluid that helps your vehicle slow down and stop. Replacing the fluid is important to ensure that it does not affect your brake system performance. Generally, the brake fluid doesn’t need to be changed until you’ve driven 30,000 miles or two years have gone by.
Finally, the rotors have a surface cut that helps them create friction with the brake pads when the brake pads press up against them. This cut wears down over time due to the constant friction between the two brake parts. As such, the rotors need to be resurfaced approximately every 60,000 miles to ensure that you are getting the maximum stopping capability out of your automobile’s brake system.
Benton Road Auto & Diesel Repair is the best brake shop in Bossier City, LA. call us today to schedule an appointment for a brake inspection if you haven’t had one in a while.