Car troubles should be the least of your concerns over the holidays, which is why we are here to remind you to take care of your brakes. In the upcoming months, we may see ice and snow covering Burnt Hills. If you want to avoid every driver’s worst nightmare, then make sure your brakes are in good shape. Here are our top 3 brake tips to combat the colder seasons:
Tip #1: Inspect Brake Fluid
Most people are only concerned with their brake pads or shoes but tend to push brake fluid off to the side. However, brake fluid is pivotal to smooth and efficient braking. Not only can brake fluid run low but it can deteriorate and leak as a result of poor maintenance. Therefore, please check on your brake fluid to avoid outright brake failure. It is as simple as opening the hood and looking into the clear reservoir. The fluid should be clean and clear yellowish in color. If not, you should bring your car to Gil’s Garage for a fluid flush.
Tip #2: Check Brake Pads
Next, visually inspect your brake pads to see how much they’ve worn down. This can be difficult to do without removing the tires, which is why we are here to help. Our team at Gil’s Garage will gladly monitor your brake pad wear and let you know if it is time for a replacement. If your brakes are squeaky as of late, it is clear that you need new brake pads.
Tip #3: Avoid Using the Emergency Brake or Parking Brake
While it is typically encouraged for you to always use the emergency or parking brake when parking, you should be careful this time of year. When used in freezing conditions, your brake can get stuck in said position.
If you need your brakes serviced, please do not hesitate to call or visit the brake repair specialists at Gil’s Garage in Burnt Hills, NY. We look forward to seeing you!