How to Prevent Brake Failure with Your Acura SLX
A well-maintained braking system is essential in ensuring safe travels. It has to have the strength that can hold the engine power that is pushed further by momentum. However, the strength of brakes normally declines due to mileage, braking habits, and severity of operating conditions. With proper maintenance, though, you will be able to drive your Acura SLX even on high speeds, trusting your brakes to bring you home safely. Keep a reliable braking system with the following tips:
- Keep the track of the brake fluid.
Checking the brake fluid at least once a month is an effective way to ensure that the braking system of your Acura SLX has enough fluid level to transmit the correct pressure to the pads. Should there be any leaks, you will be able to readily detect and give immediate solution. Regular brake fluid checkup also allows you to keep track of its condition. If you notice that the brake fluid turned milky in color, you can change it early on before it destroys the master cylinder as well as the wheel cylinders.
- Know the brake pads' condition.
Brake pads wear whenever the brake pedal is pressed down.The heat and friction produced as the pads try to stop the rotation of the wheels diminish the material. Understandably, wearing becomes faster when you brake while the Acura SLX runs at high speeds. Frequency of braking also forces the pads to wear fast, and so you should expect more frequent brake pad replacements if you often get caught in stop-and-go traffic. Weight may extend braking distance as well, resulting in faster rate of wearing. These operating conditions need more frequent inspection of the brake pads for you to determine replacement need and avoid braking failure.
- Prevent the brakes from overheating.
Brakes overheat because of unhealthy braking habits. More than that, the pads and the rotors suffer greatly, increasing brake failure. Riding the brakes in anticipation of a need for emergency braking allows for friction to continuously create heat, and then overheat. Sudden braking while running at high speeds also creates intense heat that leads to overheating. The solution is to run at a rate that won't overly strain the brakes, especially when approaching areas wherein pedestrians, traffic lights, and other vehicles more possibly require you to stop.
There are road conditions wherein engine brake is best used such as the steep grades. The way to do it is to downshift. When you downshift, the engine will be the one to control the speed while climbing down. This helps extend the life of your brakes, and save you the braking power that can be used when you need it the most. Take into consideration the condition of traction in order to avoid skidding. Icy or wet road diminishes traction, and downshifting will pose danger.
Brake dusts are the remnants of brake pads that were worn, so they are a normal sight in the braking system. Consequently, dusty brakes make the braking power weak. Regularly having them cleaned will help ensure reliable brakes.