Stay Safe on the Road – The Importance of Brake Repair in Edmonton
Road safety is more than just knowing the rules of the road and being a defensive driver. It’s also about making sure your vehicle is in good repair. Brake repair at Edmonton’s AutoRx Repair Centres is one way to ensure safety for you and your passengers when you’re out on the road. Brake inspections are one way to stay on top of your vehicle’s maintenance. Catching small brake problems now prevents them from becoming bigger, more costly and hazardous issues in the future. At AutoRx Repair Centres, we provide a range of brake repair and inspection services to ensure your vehicle is ready for the road.
Why Schedule Routine Brake Inspections?
Brake problems rarely happen overnight. They more than likely start out little, but through neglect can turn into a major problem, jeopardizing your vehicle’s safety. During an inspection, we will examine your brake pads, discs or rotors, brake lines, and more.
Why is it important to have brake repair in Edmonton performed routinely? There are a few core reasons, including:
Saving money in the long run – By having your brakes frequently inspected, small problems will be detected and addressed before they grow into larger, more costly problems down the line.
Driver safety – Perhaps most importantly, it’s absolutely essential to have your brakes inspected routinely for your own safety. Brakes which don’t function properly or are worn down put you at a much greater risk of being involved in a car accident.
Increasing vehicle value – Are you planning on selling your vehicle? If so, repairing or replacing your brake pads, discs, rotors, brake lines and other brake components will only increase the value of your vehicle.
Signs Your Brakes Need Service
Not sure if your brakes need service? AutoRx Repair Centres has come up with a list of warning signs that may indicate you need to bring your vehicle in for a brake inspection and repair.
You may need a brake inspection or repair if:
The dashboard’s brake warning light comes on and stays lit
Your vehicle is near or past the number of miles recommended by the manufacturer for brake fluid exchange
Applying your brakes causes grinding or squealing noises
The vehicle pulls to one side when you brake
It takes a much longer distance to brake to a full stop
If you experience any of the above, AutoRx Repair Centres recommends bringing your vehicle in for an inspection. Book an appointment today.
General Brake Repair Procedures
A common brake repair includes brake pad replacement. Brakes wear out over time as the pads rub on the brake disc during a stop. Since worn brake pads are the first to be inspected, they're usually the first to need repairs or replacement. Once the brake pad is replaced, we adjust the pistons and calipers to fit over the new thicker pad to ensure it works properly.
Increasing the Life of your Brakes
A common question is what can and should be done to extend the life and quality of your brakes in between inspections. While there are a multitude of recommendations, the most highly recommended include:
Don’t tailgate. By keeping a proper distance between your vehicle and the one in front of you, you won’t have a need to consistently slam on the brakes.
Routinely change your brake pads. If you let the pads wear down the calipers, there’s a much greater chance of significant damage occurring.
Drive as little as possible. By limiting the amount of time you spend driving your vehicle, the longer your brakes will last.