You have your trip all mapped out, your vehicle is all packed up, you are ready to hit Highway 7 and head for the mountains, but you have forgotten one very important thing, a brake check. In all the excitement of planning your road trips, it is easy to forget one of the most important things to check, your vehicle. Your brakes are one of the most important safety features your vehicle has and here is what you need to have checked before you head out on the road this summer.
Pads and Rotors
Have your mechanic check your pads and rotors, especially if you have been hearing any squeaking or feeling any grinding. This could be the indicator strips on the brake pads telling you that you need new brake pads, or an issue with the rotors that needs immediate attention. If your vehicle does need new brake pads, be sure to either have the rotors turned or replaced as well so you have all new hardware to give you the ultimate stopping power.
Calipers and Brake Lines
Your mechanic will check your calipers and brake lines for any issues or leaks. Typically, these will not need to be replaced unless there is a major problem or signs of impending failure. Also, when these fail your brakes will not function properly.
The master cylinder is located under the hood and holds all the pressurization for your braking system. Your mechanic will check the fluid level to make sure there are no leaks in the system and address any issues that may exist. A problem with the master cylinder can also cause brake failure.
Now you can see how important a properly functioning braking system is before you head out on the road this summer. Remember, whenever you make a checklist for a road trip to include your vehicle on that checklist too. Are you planning a road trip and need a brake check?
If you have questions or concerns about how your vehicle is driving on the road please call us