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Tuesday, Dec. 10th 2019

Car Maintenance At Brookside “66” Includes Brake Systems And Brake Fluid Flushes Done By Professionals

Car maintenance at Brookside “66” includes brake systems and brake fluid flushes. Most modern cars have brakes on all four wheels, operated by a hydraulic system. The brakes may be disc type or drum type. The front brakes play a greater part in stopping the car than the rear ones, because braking throws the car weight forward on to the front wheels. Many cars therefore have disc brakes, which are generally more efficient, at the front and drum brakes at the rear. All-disc braking systems are used on some expensive or high-performance cars, and all-drum systems on some older or smaller cars.
 
The brake system is probably the most important system in your vehicle for car maintenance. Brakes are a normal wear item for any car, so sooner or later they’re going to need replacement. You never want your brakes to get to the “metal-to-metal” point, which usually means expensive rotor or drum replacement. If your car exhibits dragging brakes, squealing brakes, a pulsating brake pedal (with the anti-locking brake system not functioning), grinding brakes, a low brake pedal or pulling when braking, have it checked out by Brookside “66” ASE-qualified technicians as soon as possible.
 
Car maintenance at Brookside 66 includes brake systems and brake system flushes.
For years many Asian vehicle manufacturers have recommended changing brake fluid as part of a car maintenance routine. Most of these vehicles had master cylinders vented to the atmosphere, and since brake fluid is hygroscopic (it absorbs moisture from the air), they recommended changing the fluid because moisture causes expensive brake components to corrode, and it also lowers the boiling point of the fluid. If brake fluid boils on a hard stop, the pedal will simply drop to the floor. Brookside “66”recommends brake fluid flushes on most vehicles every 30,000 miles or two years.
 
Brake fluid is essential for the operation of a car’s brakes. When you push the brake pedal, the brake fluid causes the brake pads to press against the rotors, making the car slow down and stop. Over time, the brake fluid absorbs air, moisture, sludge and other contaminants and gets contaminated. Air in the brake fluid causes braking to feel spongy and significantly reduces braking efficiency. Car maintenance, including a brake system flush, includes removing the existing fluid and moisture out of the system and replacing it with new, clean, fluid. A brake fluid flush ensures proper brake system performance and increases the lifespan of your brake system components.
 
For more information about car maintenance, call Brookside “66” at (816) 333-0565. To schedule an appointment, click here.

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