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Tips for Keeping Healthy Brakes

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If you’re like most car owners in Philadelphia, Doylestown, Mechanicsburg, and Flemington, you want to make sure that the major components of your vehicle last as long as possible, especially your braking system. Fortunately, making sure your brakes stay in tiptop shape isn’t all that difficult if you follow the right advice. Here are a few effective tips for keeping healthy brakes that will make sure you always have the stopping power that will keep you safe while you’re on the road brought to you by Fred Beans.

Be Gentle on Your Brakes

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The most effective way to make sure that your brakes always work the way that they should is making sure your as gentle on your braking system as possible. Using your brakes the right way will extend their life span and will make sure you never have to deal with unexpected issues.

First, when you’re out on a drive, make sure you’re never going over the speed limit. The faster you go, the harder the brakes will have to work to stop your vehicle, resulting in increased wear. Secondly, try to gradually slow your vehicle instead of slamming on your brakes. Sudden stops can be very taxing on your braking system. Finally, when possible, ease off your accelerator instead of applying your brakes when you need to slow down, such as when approaching a turn or in heavy traffic.

Schedule Regular Maintenance

Braking problems often develop slowly over time, which is why you may not detect a problem until it’s serious. Fortunately, you can stop braking problems before they occur by making sure to keep up with your vehicle’s regular service needs.

Periodically scheduling inspections of your braking system will allow your service professional to catch small problems with your brakes before they get out of hand. With regular maintenance, you’ll know that the brakes in your car will always work as expected.

Don’t Delay a Brake Pad Replacement

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When it comes to tips for keeping healthy brakes, replacing your brake pads is one of the most useful. Regular inspections can only do so much, and over time, your brake pads will wear out and will need to be replaced.

If you want to know when you should replace your brake pads, there are a few things for which you should be on the lookout. For example, if your car shudders whenever you apply your brakes, it usually means that your pads are almost completely worn and need to be swapped out. A general decline in braking performance can also mean that your pads are wearing thin. If you notice any of these warning signs, visit your dealership’s service and parts department as soon as possible to purchase new pads.

Get Help with Your Brakes

If you have questions about any of these tips for keeping healthy brakes, or if you need help with a problem with your braking system, you should schedule a service appointment at Fred Beans Used. Our service team can help you fix whatever issue you’re having with your brakes and can also give you advice for keeping your braking system working well so that you’ll be safe while on the road in Doylestown, Mechanicsburg, Flemington, and Philadelphia.

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