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Breaking Down Brake Wear: Spring Checks After a Harsh Winter

Break wear check

As the frost of winter melts away and the fresh breezes of spring begin to sweep through Edmonton and Sherwood Park, it’s time to give your car a thorough post-winter inspection, especially focusing on your brakes. Winter can be harsh on your vehicle, particularly on the braking system, where cold temperatures, ice, and road salt combine to create conditions that can severely diminish functionality and safety. This blog will guide you through essential spring checks and help you identify when your brakes might need professional service.

Brakes: Post-Winter Wear and Tear

Winter’s icy grip brings with it conditions that can be brutal for your car’s brakes. The cold can make brake materials brittle, reducing their effectiveness, while road salt can cause corrosion and rust. These elements contribute to faster wear and tear, making springtime checks essential.

Key Checks

We begin your spring brake inspection by examining the brake pads and discs for any excessive wear or damage, looking for any signs of rusting on the rotors, which can occur from the salt and moisture exposure during winter. It’s also crucial to check the brake fluid level and quality; moisture can contaminate the fluid during the cold months, affecting the braking efficiency.

Breaking Down Brake Wear: Spring Checks After a Harsh Winter

Detailed Inspection

When we conduct a detailed inspection of your brakes this spring, we will pay attention to:

  • Brake Pads: Check for thinning pads, as they are less effective and can damage the rotors.
  • Rotors: Look for grooves or uneven surfaces which indicate wear and necessitate replacement.
  • Fluid: Check for clarity; dark or muddy fluid could indicate contamination.

Signs Your Brakes Need Service: Spring Safety Starts Here

Warning Signs – We will be vigilant for:

  • Noise: Squealing or grinding noises when braking.
  • Response: A brake pedal that feels spongy or presses farther to the floor than usual.
  • Pulling: The vehicle pulling to one side when braking.
  • Vibration: A vibrating brake pedal or steering wheel during braking.

Safety Tips

Never ignore these warning signs. Delaying brake repairs can lead to increased repair costs and, more importantly, can jeopardize your safety. Ensuring that your brakes are in excellent condition is crucial for safe driving.

Regular maintenance of your vehicle’s brakes, especially after the winter months, is crucial for ensuring safety and performance on the road. This spring, take the time to inspect your brakes and schedule a professional service at Bruce Stewart’s Auto Repair Centre. Whether in Edmonton or Sherwood Park, our expert team is ready to provide top-notch brake services to keep your car stopping safely and efficiently. Don’t wait until it’s too late—ensure your vehicle is ready for spring and summer driving by booking your brake service today!

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