Every twelve months / 12,000 miles it is important to schedule vehicle maintenance on particular parts and systems in your vehicle. Your brake system is perhaps the most important system candidate to schedule for auto maintenance once a year or every 12,000 miles as applicable. Why is it important to schedule regular maintenance on your vehicle’s brake system? 

As mentioned above, brake pads are susceptible to common wear-and-tear damage. Damaged brake pads lead to damages in other braking system parts, which leads to expensive repairs and even dangerous accidents. Regular car maintenance checks help prevent this from happening. What are some of the other parts in your vehicle’s brake system?

What to Do Every 12 Months or 12,000 Miles

Brake pads are what literally pad the connection between brake discs/rotors and your tires. A master cylinder pumps brake fluid from inside a storage reservoir and helps brake pads clamp down as needed. 

A master cylinder also performs other crucial functions in your automobile’s braking system. Boosters, also referred to as brake servos, reduce the effort required by drivers to brake safely and in a timely manner. An antilock braking system (ABS) stops your steering wheel from locking up when you step on your brakes suddenly and with a certain amount of force. 

While all these parts are important to your braking system, brake calipers might be the most important brake-system part of all. Calipers slow your wheels. Calipers also house brake pads and pistons. 

Having regular car maintenance performed on your vehicle’s brake system saves you from high repair bills and potentially serious accidents. 

What other parts and systems should be scheduled for regular car maintenance service every twelve-months / 12,000 miles?

  • Properly maintained coolant levels prevent your car from overheating, its radiator from breaking & the engine block from cracking (a cracked engine block essentially totals your car).
  • Transmission fluid levels keep your car operating smoothly when shifting gears. Dry or dirty transmission fluid causes skipping gears & the possibility of your transmission dropping out while driving.
  • Steering & suspension systems are integral to safe driving and smooth operational experiences. Check these systems every twelve months / 12,000 miles to prevent serious damage & unaffordable repair bills.