Get a Brake Inspection Before Winter Weather Hits

Published on: October 1, 2020

Fall is here and we’re all preparing for winter. Don’t forget about your automobile, especially your brakes. You do not want to end up on a slick road with bad brakes. This makes you a danger to yourself and others. Primary Care Auto Repair can give your brakes the once-over and perform any maintenance and/or repairs they need now so you won’t get stuck in a snowstorm with dicey brake performance. We don’t even want to think about what could happen if you couldn’t stop your car, truck, or C/SUV. Make an appointment for a brake inspection today.

Reasons Why Winter Is Hard on Brakes

You already know that winter is hard on your car’s battery but did you also know that it is hard on the brakes? As you drive on wet and snowy roads, the water lubricates your brakes. Consequently, you have to press on them harder to make your automobile slow down and stop. This not only causes additional wear and tear on your brake pads but it can also make them overheat, a dangerous condition called glazing. As you struggle to control your vehicle on slick roads, the brakes struggle to operate.

Your Brakes Need Attention Now

To ensure you don’t lose your brakes on icy roads or end up with worn brake pads in the middle of winter, let us replace parts now that would otherwise wear down later. For example, if you only have a couple of months of pad life-left, have them changed now to help them stop your car once the snow and rain hit. Now is a good time to also check the rotors, brake fluid, and the brake fluid gasket and cap. If anything looks worn, we can replace it. Your brakes definitely need attention if they

  • Feel squishy or airy
  • Grind or squeal
  • Shudder or wobble
  • Smell like burning chemicals
  • Pull your car to one side
  • Take longer to slow down and stop

Your brakes also need to be inspected if your ABS or brake system warning light comes on. Generally, when the light comes on without the parking brake set, your vehicle is trying to tell you something, so don’t head into winter with brakes you cannot count on. Wet and icy roads require the best out of your brakes. Make sure they’re ready for the challenge by calling Primary Care Auto Repair in Warwick, RI. Call us today and we’ll schedule an appointment for a brake inspection and service.

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