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Spotlight: Keeping your vehicle safe: How often should your brakes be serviced?

Routine brake checks help keep your vehicle safe and can save you money
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Your brakes are the most important safety feature on your vehicle. When functioning correctly, they keep you, your passengers and fellow motorists safe while out on the road.

Because of this, it’s crucial that your brakes are always in good working condition (and stay that way).

The best way to ensure the performance of your brakes is by bringing your vehicle into a licensed auto shop for inspection and service.

So, how often should your brakes be serviced?

Justin Fitzgerald, owner of True Centre Auto Care in Guelph says that most braking systems should be serviced at least once a year. “Brakes should be brought in for service minimum once a year because it prolongs the life of the brake pads and rotors so there is even wear and keeps everything free and moving,” says the shop owner.

Not only does servicing your brakes regularly extend the life of your parts and keep you safe, but preventative maintenance will save you from damaging other components of your braking systems like rotors and brake calipers which can be costly to repair or replace.

Why do your brakes need to be serviced?

In Ontario, messy, wet roads wash away your brake’s lubrication allowing corrosion to set in which can cause brake pads to bind or hinder their ability to return to their normal position. Binding results in excess heat on your brake pads which can cause glazing (heated to the point where they become hard) and impede braking performance or cause further damage to your vehicle if not addressed.

When you bring your vehicle in for brake service, technicians inspect the amount of wear on the brake pads, rotors, wheel cylinders, hardware and other components. Brakes are then disassembled to facilitate pad and rotor deglazing followed by the cleaning and lubricating of moving components.

This may not seem like a big job but performing regular maintenance can extend the life of your brakes, saving you money over the long term.

Keep your vehicle safe by booking a comprehensive brake inspection and servicing with True Tire Auto Centre Guelph located at 479 Elmira Rd. N. Call 519-829-2186 to make an appointment or use True Centre’s convenient online booking system.

About True Centre Auto Care

True Centre Auto Care has been proudly serving the people of Guelph and the surrounding area since 1998. True Centre’s staff is dedicated to providing the highest level of service possible to all clients current and new.

True Centre is a customer-first garage that focuses on understanding the needs of clients and providing the best solutions for their vehicles.

“Customer satisfaction and the best quality of service is what we strive for,” says owner Justin Fitzgerald.

True Centre Auto Care is a licensed auto sales facility, drive clean test and repair facility, and is licensed to perform commercial and personal vehicle safeties.

They have six licensed mechanics and offer a wide variety of services such as custom exhaust work, alignments, brake jobs and much more.

Click Here for more information about True Centre Auto care and their full suite of automotive services.

True Centre Auto Care is a proud member of the Guelph Garage Owners Association (GGOA), a network of like-minded local businesses focused on customer service and fair pricing. Their member list, code of ethics, and community involvement projects can be found listed on their website.