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Dec 17, 2014

Preparing your Brakes for an Icy Winter

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Maintaining control of your car in hazardous situations can mean the difference between safely arriving at our destination or finding harm to both your car and your pers.

Preparing Brakes

When drivers winterize their cars in anticipation of icy road conditions, they’ll pull out their winter tires from their garages to replace their all-seasons already mounted on their wheels. The braking system is equally important for the safe operation of your car in tricky driving situations, but is often overlooked during the season.

Here are a few things you can do prepare for your safety in the upcoming winter:

The cheapest replacement in your car

Installing new brake pads is a cheap and relatively easy job, so if you’re on a budget, this may be an affordable way to improve your braking.

Brake pads are rubber pieces that grind down through use. When your wheels are in motion and you want to reduce speed, clamps will press onto the disc brake and friction from the force will both slow your car down and use up your brake pads.

If you experience a squeaking noise when you brake, that’s a good sign that your brake pads are far beyond the point when they should have been replaced.

Replace your brake fluid

Most car owners are aware of the importance of replacing engine oil, however fewer will even know that the brake system is hydraulic.

When your foot presses down on the brake pedal, the force is transferred by brake fluid, which can be contaminated through use.

Low brake fluid levels means that you’re not going to get the full braking power your car offers, and could result in dangerous situations.

Consult your mechanic to see if your car is past due for brake fluid maintenance. In severe cases, you can ask for a brake fluid flush, removing various foreign materials from the brake lines.

All metals rust

Winter means lots of water coating the exterior of your car, however the side that you don’t always see is underneath the car.

The underside of your car is prone to rusting, and if you’ve ever looked around the edges of a wheel well on an older car, you’ll see how rust develops.

Two things you can do to help your automobile are to ask your mechanic to remove existing rust from the brake lines, or apply an anti-rust spray to prevent the spread of oxidation.


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