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How often should Penticton drivers adjust their breaks? 

You know just how important the braking system in your car is. But how often do you sit there really thinking about it? You put your foot on the pedal and go from 50 to 0 in no time. That’s the extent of the thought process. When your vehicle halts on command, it’s enough to just know that it's working as it should. There are times, though, when you need to investigate a little further to make sure that when you hit that next red light, you don’t suffer from any glitches and find yourself in a very dangerous situation on the road. 

The skinny on the braking system 

There are varying types of braking mechanisms for different vehicles but the majority of standard systems—the ones you probably have in your car right now—will use hydraulic disc brakes. Hydraulics operate on the principle of friction. When you press down on the brake pedal, it releases a fluid that applies pressure to the cylinder that controls the brakes, allowing the tension to build up between the pads and the disc. When that happens, your car ceases to drive. It sounds simple enough, but a lot goes into it. 

Inevitably, after all your road trips and commutes to work, the pads and discs get worn out. This can lead to a system that doesn't brake like it's supposed to. If you don’t act fast to address the problem, the brake pads can disappear completely, and cause metal-to-metal friction on the disc. When that happens, you’ll have a much bigger mechanic bill to deal with so that your beloved wheels are safe enough to take you where you need to go. This is when a trip to the service station should be put on the to-do list. 

The wear and tear 

How often you require service will depend entirely on you—where you live, how you drive, and how on top of vehicle maintenance you are. Big cities and areas with a heavy traffic flow are bad for your brakes because all that starting and stopping can really put a dent in your pads. In areas like Penticton, high traffic and the perils of slowly inching in a jam aren’t really an issue. 

It's not easy to control the local traffic levels, but one thing you can do is manage how you drive your car. If you're a pedal-to-the-medal and aggressive type behind the wheel, you’ll likely use your brakes way more than someone who likes a slow-and-steady-wins-the-race approach. The former will lead to accelerated deterioration of your pads and rotors.  


The standard for brake checks in Penticton, BC  

As a general rule, it’s suggested that you take your Ford into the shop for a regular check-up every 6 months. It’s twice a year because that’s usually how often you’ll get a tire rotation. If there does happen to be problems with your pads or discs, the mechanic will let you know, and swap them out for a brand new pair. Getting your brake system checked isn’t the same thing as adjusting them, though.  

What is a brake adjustment? 

When the caliper that helps the brakes do their job is removed for any reason, you’ll need to get an adjustment. The placement of the pads needs to be in a sweet spot for the car to stop optimally. There are two detrimental things that can happen when your vehicle needs service: You'll either come to a screeching halt too suddenly, causing discomfort and even injury, or you'll go a lot farther than you want and risk a rear-collision on the road. Distance and force are two great indicators when it comes to knowing when it's time to go to the service station. 

If you hear any metal-on-metal grinding, a loud screeching sound, or have noticed a significant decrease in your stopping time, make an appointment with the Skaha service station in Penticton right away. Safety is first, after all! 


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