Having good brakes on your vehicle is important no matter what time of year, especially in Alaska. However, as winter approaches, brakes become even more important for your safety as a driver. Roads get slick, visibility diminishes and other factors should keep you extra vigilant when driving around.
Brake System Components
There are numerous components that make up your vehicles braking system. You have the brake pads, brake rotors, brake fluid and fluid lines, calipers, wheel bearings and master assembly. All must be in good shape and be working properly to get the best performance from your brakes, whether you need to make an emergency stop or just a gentle slow-down.
Brake Maintenance & Brake Inspections
The first step to good brake care is to have your brakes inspected regularly. It's worthwhile to have your brakes checked with any automotive service visit. Brake inspections are standard at Simard Automotive, regardless of whether you come in for a one-time service or you are part of our Million Mile Warranty or Arctic Service Schedule programs. Our expert auto repair technicians will inspect all the brake components and let you know if there are any concerns.
Brake Pad Replacement
Brake pads are the easiest to replace and they will get worn out with time. How long they last will depend on multiple factors including your personal driving habits, road/weather conditions, quality of the pads themselves, size/weight of your vehicle and more. Brake pads may last anywhere from 25,000-75,000 miles. Also, understand that they may not wear evenly. You may put more strain on one side or the other, or in the front more than the back. That's why Simard Automotive will check each pad individually to give you a full report and lifespan expectancy.
Brake Rotors, Fluid and Other Components
Brake rotors will be the next to go. They will need to be replaced or remachined every so often. Generally, a full brake replacement service will include the pads and rotors. Your brake fluid should also be checked. If it is getting thick or the level is too low, you won't be able to provide the necessary hydraulic power to the brakes. Simard Automotive will make sure your brake fluid is fresh and topped off at the right level.
Other brake parts and components can get damaged or worn out with time. Trust Simard Automotive to get to the root of the problem and make the necessary brake repairs to get you back on the road as quickly and safely as possible.
Simard Automotive for Your Fairbanks Brake Repairs
Take care of your brakes and you will be a happier, safer driver in Alaska. For a brake inspection, brake service or brake repairs, call Simard Automotive today at (855) 690-0889 (Aeronca Ave. shop) or (855) 639-5001 (Gaffney Rd. shop). Or you can easily schedule your next service appointment online.
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