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  • Why You Need to Service Your Brakes Before Winter

    Brake repair

    The good ol’ days of summer are gone: the days are shorter, the sun rises later, and the nights are chillier. Soon, fall will be over and the winter season will be upon us. While there are many great things about the winter months, it’s also important to be prepared before winter comes. The same applies to your car: it’s important to have it serviced, especially the brakes. Today, the team at Leale’s Transmission & Auto Services is here to let you know why servicing your brakes before winter is important!

    Reasons to Check Your Brakes Before Winter

    If your brakes aren’t checked, neglecting to do so could lead to costly repairs down the road. A simple tune-up or maintenance checkup could easily prevent you from spending so much money down the road. As time passes, dirt and other debris could infiltrate the braking system, and when winter comes, the debris could freeze and stick to the brake pads. This can damage the rotors in the long run. Cold weather can impact fluid stability, since old dirty brake fluid congeals and is less effective in lubricating the brakes.

    You’ll also have to put extra pressure so you can brake properly on slippery roads because there’s less traction on the road, which means there’s more power applied on the brakes. If you get them checked before winter comes, you’ll be able to see if they can handle the extra pressure. The winter season will also make your brakes stiff, so monitoring advance will make sure they’re able to work properly.

    Do I Need New Brakes? Why?

    It’s important to have properly functioning brakes, especially during the winter months. When it’s rainy or snowy and there’s ice on the road, you need to be able to stop faster on slippery roads. Squealing, grinding, or clicking sounds, or feeling the brake pedal shake when you apply pressure are signs that you need new brakes. The pads and rotors wear out over time and need to be replaced, and waiting until winter isn’t a wise move. If you wait for when there are worse driving conditions you’ll shorten the lifespan of your brakes. Getting them repaired or replaced before winter starts and then keeping them properly serviced will mean there’s less of a chance of having a potentially dangerous incident on the road. Even if there are no immediately visible signs that there’s something wrong with your car, going to an auto repair shop for a tune-up is the smart move.

    What’s the Next Step?

    For high-quality, reliable service in the San Jose, CA area, come to Leale’s Transmission & Auto Services. For more than 50 years, we’ve been providing amazing service to our loyal clients, and we’d love to do the same for you. Whether it’s a repair or check-up, we can make sure that you’ll leave the shop happy with our services! For more info or an appointment, give us a call at (408) 286-5353. We’d love to hear from you!