Brakes

Winter Brakes in Cache Valley

Winter BrakesWill Cache Valley Winter Break Your Brakes?

Well, not really, no.  Not directly.  The winter in Cache Valley is relatively short and it’s not usually bad enough to cause serious issues.  Don’t let that trick you into thinking that there’s no danger, though.  There are still a few problems your brakes might face.

Corrosion

Cache Valley may technically be a desert, but we still get snow and icy roads.  The cities respond by laying down salt and chemicals to melt the ice and reduce chances of accidents from slipping and sliding cars. The problem with this is that salt, when mixed with water, becomes very corrosive.  While you’re out driving on the roads, this salty slush splashes against the bottom of your car.  This can lead to problems with the rotors by making their wear uneven.  If it eats away the seals, it causes leaking fluids, or seizing pistons and calipers.  The gunk can clog up various mechanical parts under your car as well.

While the brief winters in Cache Valley may not be enough to cause serious damage in just one year, if you haven’t had your brakes checked recently, they may be weak enough to fail under the added strain of the extra corrosion.  If they fail, the results could be catastrophic.

Freezing Fluids

We may not be Alaska, but it does still get cold during the winters.  While most car fluidshave a freezing point well bellow the average temperature drops of Cache Valley, that doesn’t mean you have nothing to worry about.  If you don’t regularly change your fluids, water and other impurities will get into it over time.  These impurities can definitley freeze inside your lines.  If they do, the expansion can potentially cause them to burst at weak points.  This can be exacerbated by the corrosion caused by all the salt on the roads, too. The combination of the two problems can lead to serious mechanical failures.

What Can I Do?

The solution to these problems is simple. Don’t neglect the maintenance on your breaks.  Before snowfall, give your car a good check-up.  Replace the fluids and check the brakes for any wear and tear.  This should make sure your cars parts are good to last you through the winter.  After spring, do a follow-up inspection and make sure everything is still good. While you’re at it, why have the underside of your car detailed?  Shari from Aatopia Auto Care recommends a good detailing once a year to keep your car in tip-top shape.

Check It Today

If it’s been a while since you last checked your breaks, then get in touch with us today.  Since we offer free brake inspections, it won’t cost you anything just to be safe.  Don’t wait for your brakes to fail you when checking them over beforehand can prevent costly repairs and insurance hikes.  This winter, we’ll be offering a special on brake repair and checkups, so be sure to ask us about it when you call.