By Johny Fares, Aug 18 2017 12:00AM
We all enjoy the feeling of zipping around Chevy Chase, MD in our cars. Feeling the power and roar of the engine…the wind blowing in your hair. It doesn’t count for much if your automobile can’t stop fast enough when you hit the brakes. The brake system of your vehicle is by far the most important safety system that it has. Being able to slow down or stop at a moments notice will help to avoid an incident or accident. Improperly working brakes will not do the job they are designed to do and will not be as effective when needed, especially in a panic situation.
You Owe Yourself a Checkup
It’s always a good idea to have your brake system inspected with each oil change or at minimum every 6 months, or about every 6,000 miles. You can save yourself some time and money if you keep your eyes and ears open for brake damage. That’s not to say your brakes shouldn’t be regularly inspected, because they should. But knowing when to bring in your car for a check-up keeps you one step ahead of trouble. It’s always a good idea to bring your vehicle in to a trusted repair facility to regularly test drive the vehicle to see how the brake system functions.
And while you’re there, they can perform an actual visual inspection, measuring pad and shoe thickness, check for even wear of the pads and shoes, check rotors for run out and hot spots, check hardware to make sure it is working properly and that it is adjusted properly. No vehicle will stop effectively with worn brake pads and or rotors.
Stop, Look and Listen
It’s important to note that there are two ways to determine whether or not the pads will need replacing…the first is visually. If you see that the depth of the pad is less that 1/4 inch, you need to replace it, and soon! If you see that it’s less than 1/8 inch, there isn’t any time to waste as you are getting really close to damaging the rotor.
The second is by ear. If you are hearing a screeching sound when you put your foot on the brakes, it’s not good. You are overdue for a repair. But, if it sounds more like scraping on metal, then you have damaged your rotors and you need to fix the brakes immediately, otherwise, you could cause major damage.
When it comes to choosing a Chevy Chase, MD brake repair shop, the smart choice is Auto Clinic Care. Let us earn your business and prove to you why we proudly hold an A+ rating with the Better Business Bureau. You'll be served by the best and you'll see we're proud to assist with all your auto repair and maintenance needs. Auto Clinic Care proudly serves Kensington, MD and all surrounding areas. Auto Clinic Care is located at 5531 Nicholson Ln Ste A, Rockville, MD 20852. ACC's business hours are Mon-Fri from 8am-5pm. Give us a call today (301)881-7891 or shoot us an email.
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