The Car Geek: 8 Essential Tips on Braking System Care

The Car Geek

Friday, September 16, 2005

8 Essential Tips on Braking System Care

Even the most conscientious car owner who adhere to their owner's manuals on how and when to perform the most crucial maintenance tasks can still miss a few things (especially if its not provided for in the manuals).

A few things that are not on the manuals that every owner should know:

  1. Brake fluids should be changed once every two years or 24,000 miles, whichever comes first.

  2. Brake fluid in anti-lock systems should be changed annually.

  1. Power-steering fluid should be changed every three years or 30,000 miles, whichever comes first.

  2. Timing belts should be replaced every 60,000 miles, the timing chains every 100,000 miles.

  1. Without regular use, certain systems quickly fall out of adjustment.

  2. Run your air conditioner and your defroster at least once every two weeks.

  3. Release and reapply the parking brake daily.

  4. Ask your mechanic how to test your anti-lock brake system safely.

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