How to Maintain the Brakes on an Import Vehicle

The brake system is one of the most important mechanisms in your car. Some would even say it is the most important mechanism, and rightfully so! The brakes on your import car play a major role in keeping you and your family safe on the road. Because of this, it is important that you maintain them to make sure they are functioning properly at all times. Here are three main keys to maintaining the breaks on your import vehicle.

Check Your Brake Fluid

Checking that your brake fluid is at an appropriate level is something that you should do regularly. If brake fluid levels are not checked and maintained regularly it stands a chance of becoming contaminated. Brake fluid becomes contaminated due to water or air (condensation) that has infiltrated the system. Contaminated brake fluid has a milky white color to it, so it is easily identified. If contaminated brake fluid is left unchanged it can destroy the master cylinder and the wheel cylinder causing major damage in the brake system. Every time you get an oil change it’s always a good idea to have all of your fluids checked and changed as needed.

You can also check your own brake fluid by following a few simple steps. First you’ll want to make sure that you clean off the top of the fluid reservoir carefully, to avoid getting dirt or dust into the fluid. Then you can open the brake fluid reservoir and check the fluid level (be mindful of how long you keep the valve open because you don’t want to expose the brake fluid to air for too long). The fluid level should lie within half an inch or so from the cap. Lastly, you should always check the color. If the brake fluid is black or white it should be taken to a mechanic to be replaced.

Get your Brakes Inspected Regularly

You don’t want to wait until your car starts to show signs of malfunctioning brakes before you get them inspected. Once you start feeling your brake pedal go too far down when slowing down or you start to hear your brakes squeak, you should know the breaks are in trouble. If you decide to wait on dealing with a brake issue, you may end up causing even more damage to your car in the long run. Having regular brake inspections on your vehicle will help you identify problems before they become too serious.

Change your Brake Pads and Rotors

Every so often you will need to replace your brake pads and rotors. This is an area where you will want to invest in some top of the line brake pads or rotors for your import vehicle. Brake pads generally need to be replaced after 25,000 miles, while others can last up to 70,000. Choosing quality brand parts will ensure that they last and most likely won’t cause you any problems in the foreseeable future.

Another way to tell if your vehicle is in need of new brake pads is by looking through the wheel spokes on your car to see how much of the pad is left. If you see one-fourth or less of your brake pad left it is time to get them inspected or replaced. Again, it never hurts to check your brake pads at the time of an oil change just to make sure everything is still looking good.

Count on us to Service your Brakes!

Here at Reliable Import Service we can take care of any and all brake services your import vehicle may need. We offer maintenance inspections as well as brake repair and antilock braking system (ABS) repair, brake pad replacement and repair for Audi, BMW, Volkswagen and Mercedes-Benz, as well as a number of other brake repair services. You can be certain that with us, your import vehicle is in the right hands!    

Contact us at (919) 324-3019 to schedule your appointment today!


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