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Keep Your Volvo's Brakes in Better Condition with These Five Tips

by All Vovo on 01/03/18

Volvo's are some of the safest vehicles on the road, but one of the most important systems for keeping you safe while driving is your braking system. Ignoring and not staying on top of your brakes is a clear path to more expensive repairs, and more dangerous conditions. This means that we want to give you tips on how to handle preventative maintenance work, that can save you money and keep you out of dangerous driving situations. 

Here are five tips that will help you get more value out of your brakes and remain safe all the while:
  1. Get your brake system checked regularly. They say to get your tires rotated when you get your oil changed, but you should add a brake check to that list. In general, you want to get them checked every 6 months to a year, and please have it done by a professional (preferably a Volvo specialist mechanic---more on that later).
  3. If you happen to hear ANY odd noises while braking, then DO NOT wait to get your brakes inspected. Screeching, squealing, and grinding are all pretty clear signs of brake wear or larger brake issues. Don't ignore, and don't wait to get these handled. Getting these fixed in a time-efficient manner will help problems from becoming larger or more expensive.
  5. Even if you do not hear noises, just know that getting your brake pads replaced on time can really save your braking system from larger repairs. When you brake, there's a ton of friction being handled and dealt with by your brakes. The pads MUST be replaced, since they are meant to wear and protect the rest of the system. Waiting too long to replace pads could make for more costly repairs or the need for brake replacement.
  7. Watch out and pay attention if your car's brake warning light comes on. The brake light turning on is a signal for issues with the master cylinder or a possible leak of brake fluid. Neither one of these are something you can afford to mess with. Get your car to a professional for a clear diagnosis.
  9. Lastly, if you own a Volvo, we recommend that you bring your car to a Volvo specialist. Automobile brake systems are not as specific to each vehicle make as other components, but if you're having your car worked on, you want someone who knows the ins, outs, and quirks that may come with your specific make or model. Most importantly, if anything else isn't going right, you'll have a Volvo mechanic there to recommend other actions. 
If you own a Volvo and live the Greater Seattle areas, call All Vovo today and allow us the opportunity to help with your Volvo's Brakes and more!  (206) 789-0736

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