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Winter Is Coming: Watch Out for Moisture in Your Brake Fluid

Test for Contamination and Flush Out That Nasty Old Fluid to Protect Your Brake System You may keep a careful watch on the wear of your brake pads. But how about your brake fluid? Did you know brake fluid is not a lifetime fill and should be changed as needed? Unlike motor oil, common DOT 3 and DOT 4 brake fluid is hygroscopic; that is, it draws moisture from the air. It’s why you should use only fresh brake fluid you’ve recently opened, and it’s why the brake fluid in your vehicle may be overdue for a change. The automotive experts at FDP Virginia Inc., which develops and sells Goodyear Brakes, offer some tips for assessing the health of your vehicle’s braking system, as well as advanced solutions for addressing any issues. The new line of Goodyear Brakes provides premium quality brake kits, calipers, rotors, brake pads that are made in the U.S.A. and all the hardware for today’s most popular vehicles, from daily drivers to SUVs and light trucks, all backed by a national warranty, decades of production experience and one of the best-known names in automotive excellence. The Goodyear Brakes product lineup offers drivers the ideal solution for almost

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How Do You Know When Brake Pads Need Changing

Resources Brake pads can be mysterious, but to ensure your safety, you need to understand when they should be changed.If you know what a scrub pad looks like, then a brake pad is a steel version. Visualize a 2- or 3-inch square pad, like a kitchen sponge, made up of a steel backing plate with brake pad friction material bonded to one side.How Brake Pads WorkThe current brake pad system has been around for decades, and the engineering has been perfected. Vehicle manufacturers get the brake systems right.Brake pads sit inside the caliper and surround a disk of steel called the rotor. When you push down the brake pedal, the caliper pistons squeeze the brake pads against both sides of the rotor. The friction between the pads and the rotor is strong enough to stop a vehicle.How to Tell When Brake Pads Need ReplacingBecause brake pads are hidden behind the wheels and tires, manufacturers created many ways to signal when they need to be replaced. Before electronics and information centers, you had to listen and feel the brake pads wearing out.Brake Pads Communication SystemsFeel the brakesThe driver had to feel that the brakes were no longer stopping the vehicle as

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