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Brake Maintenance TipsCity Garage Brake Maintenance Tips

Preventive Maintenance

  • Avoid "riding" your brakes. It's better to slow down with moderate pressure and then releasing the brake to cool, than riding the brakes and overheating them
  • Keep your wheels and braking system clean. Clean brakes work better and keep temperatures down.
  • Check brake fluid level every 10,000 miles
  • When doing a complete brake job, refinish rotors and drums, replace brake pads or shoes, inspect, clean and repack wheel bearing and replace grease seal.

What to discuss with your City Garage mechanic:

  • Be weary of low priced brake jobs advertised in the paper or TV. Some cheap garage shops will try a bait and switch or find other parts which "need" to be replaced. These salesmen will try to make you feel guilty for putting your families safety on the line. They claim you need the premium pads and rotors, of course at a higher price.
  • Discuss how your brakes wear over a period of time and how the survival of your brake components depends on such factors like the weather driving conditions.
  • The braking system does a lot of work and the brake pads take the brunt of the punishment. It is a good idea to have you brake pads checked every 6 months or when you suspect a problem.
  • Check with you mechanic to make sure you can safely have the rotors machined or replace with new rotors. 
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