How to Check Your Brakes

March 25th, 2022 by

Perhaps no other area of your car is more important than the brakes. You rely on these for your vehicle to work effectively so you can stay safe and avoid obstacles on the road. Of course, these won’t last forever. Eventually, you will have to replace them. However, there are ways to get more longevity out of your vehicle’s brakes. Checking them often is a good way to ensure they do their job well and that you know when to bring them in for maintenance. The team at Reed-Lallier Chevrolet can help.


Why It’s Important


The last thing you want is to experience brake failure while driving. This could lead to serious injuries or fatal accidents. You can also avoid expensive repairs down the road. Regular inspections will put your mind at rest and help you feel safer in your vehicle. 


Check Them at the Right Time 


The team at Reed-Lallier Chevrolet will tell you every time you check your brakes not to do so immediately after driving. Remember that the brakes will be hot after you have been behind the wheel. Work on them after they have had a chance to cool. Or, you can check them before you start driving for the day. Typically, wait for about an hour for them to cool. 


Removing the Wheel Isn’t Always Necessary 


When you take your vehicle to the technicians at Reed-Lallier Chevrolet, they may remove the wheel to get a good look. However, you don’t always have to do this. On many vehicles, you can easily detect wear and tear on the brake pads with the wheels still in place. Look through the holes in the wheel and look at the thickness of each pad. Ideally, the pads will be ¼ of an inch thick. If they are less, you should replace them.


Some pads have a wear indicator on them. These are located in the center. If you can barely see the wear slot, or if the brake pads are gone altogether, you need new ones for your car. 


Removing the Wheel


For a better view of each brake, you may want to remove the wheel. To do this, place a jack under the vehicle frame next to the tire to remove it. Make sure your car is at least 6 inches off the ground. Then, remove the lug nuts from the tire. Take off the tire and look at the components of the brakes. These include the pads, calipers, rotors, and brake lines. Look for wear and other problems. The mechanics at Reed-Lallier Chevrolet will recommend whether to replace any brake parts.


Follow these steps to check the brakes on your car. If you believe you need new ones, bring your vehicle to the auto service department at Reed-Lallier Chevrolet in Fayetteville, NC. Stop by today to get your car back in good shape. 


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