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Brake repair isn't one of the most exciting topics in the world, but it is nonetheless an important one for anyone who owns a car. You may be backing away from the computer with your hands up right about now. You don't need to ever get a spot of grease on your hands to understand some basic things about your braking system. The answers to these questions can, however, help you to understand what to do when faced with a problem. Knowing the right course of action can help you get your car fixed more quickly and know when you are being fed a line from an unscrupulous mechanic.

Why is my pedal getting soft?

If you've noticed that it takes more and more pressure to get your car to come to a stop, you could be looking at a number of problems. Some of them are serious and some of them aren't, but all of them should be looked at immediately by a brake repair specialist. One common reason behind a soft pedal is a build-up of air in the system. Another, unfortunately, is the impending doom of total braking system failure. Take it by a mechanic you trust and have him take a look. Under no circumstances should you continue to drive around with such an issue.

Should I set the parking brake?

It isn't often that a brake repair specialist will tell their customers to set the parking brake when the car is not in use, but it's actually one of the best habits you can get into. Doing this on a regular basis can go a long way towards making sure your rear calipers stay adjusted. The reasons behind this are fairly complicated, but suffice to say that - considering it only takes a moment - it's worth implementing if you aren't doing it already. Be careful, of course. Driving with the parking braking system engaged is a good way to mess things up considerably.

Why is my old fluid so murky?

Drivers get their oil changed every 3,000 miles, but the braking fluid often goes overlooked. This is a mistake, as contaminated fluid in the system can lead to poor braking times. Fluids in your car get murky after some time. They just do. This isn't necessarily a sign that you need an immediate flush. If it has been a couple of years since a brake repair mechanic bled your system and put in fresh fluid, however, it might be worth pursuing.2012103138855133.jpg



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