Taking Care of Your Brakes

Your brakes are one of the most important components of your car. If they quit on you, you’re in a LOT of trouble! Tune Tech in Spokane, WA doesn’t want it to come to that. If your brakes were to go out completely, it could put you, your loved ones and everyone else on the road in serious danger. Plus, having them replaced could get very expensive.

To help you avoid this situation, we recommend taking care of your brakes from Day 1. Caring for your car’s brakes should be as routine as putting gas in it or changing the oil. Take care of your brakes, and they’ll take care of you!

Here are some tips that will help you maintain your car’s brakes and keep you safe!

  • Check your brake pads annually, at the minimum. You can request that the mechanic checks your brake pads on alternating oil changes, which will be at least twice a year, or you can have them checked even more often if you are concerned about excessive wear. Brake pads need to be changed often, but the exact timing will depend on the quality of product that you are using and the type of driving you do.


  • Check the brake fluid periodically. The brake fluid is necessary to allow your brakes to work properly. Dark brake fluid is a sign that the fluid is dirty and probably not doing its job. Your brake fluid should be replaced often by professionals like the ones at TuneTech in Spokane, WA. We can dispose of the old fluid and make sure that the correct amount of new fluid is added.


  • Pay attention to your brakes’ performance. Squeaking or grinding isn’t normal for your brakes. Any odd sound or sensation may be a sign that there is a problem, so don’t wait to have things like this checked out. This will require you to actively listen to your brakes and feel the way the car rides when the brakes are working properly.


  • Drive more carefully. Naturally, the more you use your brakes, the quicker they are going to wear down and need replacing. You can take some of the pressure off your brakes by doing a couple of things. First, don’t follow other cars too closely so that you won’t have to brake suddenly if they do, and, second, coast before applying your brakes whenever possible.


  • Service your brakes often and with quality products. As with anything else, you get what you pay for. The cheaper brake products will not last as long as more expensive ones in most cases, even if you take really good care of them. Invest in quality brake components to get the longest life out of your brakes.

If you follow these tips, you can extend the life of your brakes. They are still a part of your car that will need to be serviced and eventually replaced, and when that time comes, you can depend on the experts at Tune Tech to take the best possible care of your vehicle’s brakes! Come see us for the best Spokane Valley auto repair!

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