Simple Answers from Protech Auto Service
August 31, 2019
What is power brake service and why do I need to have it done?
Imagine: you pour a tablespoon of water in your hand and throw it as hard as you can. Now, suppose you suck up a tablespoon of water into a syringe, push the plunger and squirt it out. Which would go further?
Of course, it’s the water squirting out of the syringe. That’s because you pressurized the water. Your power brake system is kind of the same thing. When you step on the brake pedal, the master cylinder pressurizes brake fluid which actuates the brakes so you can stop. If you don’t have enough pressure – you can’t stop.
A leak in your brake system would reduce – or even eliminate – your stopping power. Brake fluid attracts moisture which can cause leak-inducing corrosion. So, a great way to keep your brake fluid free of contaminants is to change it as recommended.
Enough brake fluid is vital for the proper function of your anti-lock brakes, traction control and stability control systems. Your technician will check your brake fluid level during a full-service oil change. If it’s low, it may indicate that a thorough brake inspection is needed. Low brake fluid is most commonly caused by worn brake pads.
Some of the signs of a leak are reduced stopping power and spongy or hard pedal feel. If you suspect a problem, get in for a brake inspection right away.
Stop by Protech Auto Service at 410 W. J St., Ste. G in Tehachapi or give us a call at (661) 822-1100.