You know, it’s really nice to be able to go, but it’s vital to be able to stop! Be smart, take good care of your brakes. You’ll replace the pads and resurface the rotors as needed. Still, when your mechanic recommends that you get your brake system flushed, do you think you should you do it or save the cash?
This is one of those services you do need on a regular basis. Braking systems aren’t indestructible. Moisture gets in to the system. Parts, like the rubber in the valves in the master cylinder, calipers and wheel cylinders deteriorate. All the nasty little bits that flake off end up in your brake fluid. Plus, the fluid itself can get old and worn out. That leads to rust, which leads to more nasty bits in your brake fluid. All this adds up to a brake system with compromised effectiveness and decreased stopping power.
Think of it this way: You wouldn’t skip changing your car’s engine oil, right? It’s the lifeblood of your engine, and when it gets contaminated by impurities, you put the entire engine at risk. It’s the same with brake fluid only you’re gambling with more than the vehicle. Let the brake fluid get dirty or contaminated and you won’t be able to stop as well. So while it may not seem like a big deal when you’re standing at the service desk and the mechanic asks if you want him to flush your brakes, when you’re dealing with a panic stop on the Valley freeways it’ll seem a lot more important.
A good rule of thumb is to have your brakes flushed about every 30,000 miles (48,280 kilometers) or so. Brake flushing and bleeding the brakes are two different procedures. Brake flushing involves removing all the brake fluid from the system and getting all-new, clean fluid inside. Brake bleeding just means removing enough brake fluid to get air bubbles out of the brake lines. So, make sure you get your brakes flushed regularly.
This from your Local Mechanic, All Tune & Lube Total Car Care Tempe. Complete auto repair and maintenance.