What Does it Mean to Bleed Your Brakes?

When you bring your vehicle into an auto repair shop for a brake inspection and service, they will look over a number of things. They will check the brake pads, rotors/drums, mechanical elements, and ABS sensors and settings. One other thing they will usually inspect is the brake fluid. Brake fluid is there to provide hydraulic pressure to control the brake components when you step on the brake pedal.

Keeping Your Brake Fluid Healthy

Like any automotive fluid, brake fluid can degrade in quality over time, in which case it may need to be replaced. What happens more commonly, however, is that air bubbles can build up within the brake lines and cause all sorts of brake problems. Sometimes the connection points are weak to let air in or the hoses themselves are deteriorating. There are any number of things that can cause air bubbles to build up, and to put it bluntly, you don't want air bubbles trapped in any hydraulic system—especially your anti-lock braking system (ABS)!

Bleeding Your Brakes

When air bubbles do develop, it is recommended that you have your brakes "bled" by a professional mechanic. Bleeding the brake lines will remove these air bubbles and help restore the necessary fluid pressure within the hydraulic system. This will improve braking quality and the overall performance of your brake system. 

Fairbanks Brake Inspection & Brake Service

A brake inspection can reveal if you have any brake fluid issues. A standard brake service can take care of the brake fluid, along with other mechanical problems. You may need your brake pads replaced or rotors/drums resurfaced. The ABS settings and sensors may need readjusting. Mechanical components like the calipers or master cylinder might need some tuning up. It is a great idea to get your brakes checked and serviced periodically to keep you safer on the road.

If you are experiencing any brake problems or are just overdue for a brake system inspection in the Fairbanks area, contact Simard Automotive today. You can call either of our two local auto repair shops at (855) 690-0889 (Aeronca Ave.) or (855) 639-5001 (Gaffney Rd.). You can also schedule your brake inspection appointment online.

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