My car has power brakes, do I need to do anything different to maintain them?
Bob’s Auto & Towing Answer:
Think about the difference between throwing a handful of water into the air and spraying a garden hose. Unless you have the powers of Superman, the water in the hose is going to go much further every time. This is because there is a pressure build up in the hose due to being forced through a tight opening. This is increased when you put your thumb over the end of the hose.
Your power brakes work in a similar way. The master cylinder pressurizes the brake fluid when you step on the brake peddle. This actuates the brakes, making your car stop. If there isn’t enough pressure, then your car won’t stop.
One cause of power brakes failing is a leak in the system which reduces the amount of pressure. This can happen due to the corrosion caused by water brought into the system, which is attracted by the brake fluid itself. The longer the water stays in the system, the more likely it is your brakes can leak and eventually fail.
To prevent this, the techs at Bob’s Auto shop will check the level of your cars brake fluid and ensure no leaks are occurring. If the fluid is low, this may be a sign your brake pads are wearing down. In this case, it would be essential to have your brakes inspected and possibly repaired. At the same time your brake fluid would be replaced, eliminating any contaminants and ensuring a longer life for your brake system. And more importantly, you won’t have to worry about your car stopping when you need it to.
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Corvallis, OR 97330
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