Want to Get the Most Out of Your Chevy Car’s Brakes? Use These Tips from LaFontaine Chevrolet Dexter
Chevy parts are some of the most reliable in the automotive industry. This is especially true when it comes to your car’s brakes, which are designed to last for tens of thousands of miles. Even better, you can maximize the brakes’ longevity and performance by following some simple, effective tips.
Reduce the Weight
The heavier your car, the harder you’ll need to press down on the brake to slow the car’s momentum. The harder you press down on the brake, the more pressure you create, which increases friction and heat.
Too much of this will eventually cause the brake pads and rotors to overheat and warp. However, by reducing the weight of your Chevy truck and removing unnecessary loads, braking will be easier and your vehicle’s overall fuel efficiency will improve.
Flush the Fluid
Brake fluid helps your car slow down. But over time, this fluid will oxidize and build up contaminants, reducing the brakes effectiveness and causing more abrasive braking whenever you press the pedal.
To protect your brake system and ensure smoother performance, have the fluids flushed by our Chevy service specialists once every couple of years.
Speeding, Coasting, and Following
Braking at high speeds creates a significant amount of friction and exposes your car’s brake pads to a high level of heat. Over time, this heat can wear down the pads and warp the rotors in your car’s brake system. To avoid this premature wear, there are three things our local Chevy dealership recommends.
- Avoid Speeding: The higher your car’s speed, the more energy and brake material it takes for your vehicle’s braking system to stop the car.
- Practice Coasting: This is a lot easier to do when you drive at lower speeds on the highway and observe posted speed limits in high traffic areas.
- Don’t Tailgate: You should maintain a following distance behind other vehicles of at least three seconds (or 88 feet). This will give you more space to coast, and if necessary slow to a gentle stop.
If you have questions about your car’s brakes, contact LaFontaine Chevrolet Dexter today.