Monthly Archives: September 2014

  • 14 Sep
    How Outside Conditions Affect the Brakes Posted by admin Comments Off
    Weather Conditions Affecting Brakes

    Conditions Affecting Brakes

    How Outside Conditions Affect the Brakes

    You may not be aware of it, but the brakes of your car are affected by outside conditions such as temperature and water or winter chill.

    Temperature

    Although the effect is very minimal, the outside temperature actually affects the brake system of your car. Because of the friction produced between the rotors and the brake pads, the brake system of your vehicle stays warm for a certain amount of time after being parked or driven even in a short distance. The cold weather does not stop the heat of the vehicle’s brake system. Therefore, heavy braking can make the brakes to overheat, decreasing its efficiency.

    Winter Chill/ Water

    Winter chill or water can result in moisture in the brake fluid or the entire brake system. If water in the braking system especially in the brake fluid freezes, the brake system’s proper function will decrease.  Under these circumstances, you may experience dragging. In addition, if the moisture in the brake fluid begins to boil as a result of increasing friction, the performance of your brake system could decrease taking a longer distance and time for your car to stop.

    In order to prevent the outside conditions from affecting your brake system, brake maintenance is one of the most important things that must be included in your vehicle service every year. Taking your vehicle to a service shop allows you to ensure that your vehicle’s brake system intricate parts are working properly and efficiently. This can help you prevent risks that can cost lives.