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Brakes

Your vehicle’s brake system is the most important safety system in the automobile. You change your brake pads when they have outlived their useful life, right? How about brake fluid? Many people overlook that component of the brake system, even though it is an indispensable part.

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It has been shown that, on average, every two years brake fluid becomes contaminated. This is important because with it being a hydraulic fluid, its job is to transmit force and apply the brakes. Once it becomes contaminated with moisture, the fluid becomes compressible and you’ll be forced to press harder on the brakes for the same amount of stopping power. The more contaminated the fluid becomes, the longer it will take for you to be able to stop your vehicle, which can be dangerous in a panic stop scenario.

In modern vehicles with Anti-Lock Brakes (ABS), there is even more reason to flush the brake fluid regularly. The sophisticated and expensive ABS control equipment can be damaged by dirty brake fluid. To avoid reduced brake efficiency and component damage, have your trusted auto repair facility (Tewksbury Auto) do a system check on your brakes to see what the condition of your brake fluid is.

While they’re performing a brake system check, it is also a good idea to have some other overlooked items inspected while they are doing that.

First, have a full inspection of all the brake components performed to see not only how the pads and fluid are doing, but also the lines and hoses.

Next, if you have rear drum brakes, these will come out of adjustment so you should make sure to have that corrected too.

And lastly, make sure that the emergency brake is adjusted properly too.

Now that the system has been taken care of, make sure to continue flushing the brake fluid every two years. In addition, make sure to have the other adjustments made at every brake job. This will ensure that the brake system will be there for you when you need it most and it will work at its peak efficiency.