Things to Know About Vehicle Brake Maintenance & Repair - Subaru Service Questions in Salt Lake City, UT

Subaru vehicles are known for their exceptional safety, and there are no safety features more important than the brakes. After all, no matter what happens on the road, you must be able to bring your vehicle to a stop. To get the most out of your brakes, it's best to keep them well maintained. Not only will this save you money in the long run, as you'll avoid more frequent and extensive repairs, but it also keeps you safer. Simply follow the four tips below to keep your brakes in good shape.

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4. Drive Carefully

This is good advice for just about every system in your car, and that includes the brakes. When you don't slow down until the last second and have to hit the brakes hard, your brakes are under more strain. Of course, it's possible that an emergency will make this kind of stop necessary, but braking hard regularly can reduce the lifespan of the brakes. Try not to follow vehicles too closely, and leave yourself enough room to slow down before stopping when you approach a stoplight or stop sign. In addition, overloading your car can cause the brakes to wear down faster, since they'll have to deal with more weight than is ideal.

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3. Have Brake Fluid Flushed Regularly

Your vehicle's brake system uses hydraulic brake fluid to function. The fluid takes the force from your foot pressing the pedal, magnifies it, and transfers it to the brakes. However, brake fluid is what's known as hygroscopic. This means that it takes on water, and can even draw moisture from the air. When enough water gets mixed in with brake fluid, it becomes less effective. At this time, draining and replacing the brake fluid is necessary to keep you safe. Brake fluid flushes are not needed very frequently, but it's best to follow the recommended intervals in the owner's manual.

2. Have Your Brake Pads Replaced Regularly

The brake pads (and brake shoes, in some older Subaru models) are the parts that bear most of the force from braking. The brake pads have a lining that is designed to wear down so that the metal components won't get damaged. Eventually, the brake pads will need to be replaced when the lining gets too thin. If you leave old brake pads on for too long, the lining will wear off entirely, and metal will scrape against metal. To keep this from happening, have your brake pads inspected regularly and replace them when they get low enough. The good news is that many brake pads have built-in tabs that will squeal when the lining is getting too low.

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1. Get Regular Brake Inspections

The best way to make sure your brakes stay in good condition is to have them inspected regularly. When a certified technician inspects your brake system, they'll likely be able to find things that need to be addressed before they become problems. Whether it's low brake pads or a future problem with a brake fluid line, finding brake problems early is important to your safety and brake system components.

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