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Truck Brake Maintenance

Nothing Stops Your Truck Like A Brake Issue

Brakes are critical in keeping your truck safe and on the road, so it’s important to ensure they are always working properly. When your safety and the efficiency of your truck are at stake, it’s time to make sure you’re getting expert brake maintenance to keep you on the road longer.

Prevent Down Time With Regular Brake Maintenance

When it comes to preventative break maintenance, there are three main areas you need to have a shop like National Spring keep in check for you. First you need to have the levels and condition of your brake fluids inspected. It is widely practiced to replace brake fluid every year, or every two years if your truck is an older model without anti-lock brakes (ABS).

The next step in determining if your truck is having brake issues is having us take a look at the parking brake. If our expert mechanics conclude that your parking brake can’t hold the vehicle properly or if the cable condition is worn, you will be in need of some repairs. Finally, we will check over all of your brake components including the overall system, linings, rotors, calipers, and pedals. Any parts that are worn will need to be replaced sooner rather than later to maintain the integrity of the braking system.

Signs That Need Immediate Attention

While getting your brakes looked at on a regular schedule is the ideal scenario, if you are experiencing any braking problems, that warrants more immediate attention. Two of the most common symptoms are problems with your truck’s balance and timing. Your truck’s wheels should be using the brakes equally, so they should ideally have the same amount of wear and tear over time. You know you’re having brake problems when your truck is pulling when you brake, since that probably means that one side of brakes is working overtime on your vehicle. And if you feel a pushing sensation when you brake, it is most likely that your trailer brakes are releasing after your tractor brakes, when it should be the other way around.

When determining whether or not you need to head into the shop, you’ll be able to hear, see, feel, and sometimes even smell when something’s up with your brakes. If you’re ever driving along and you feel vibrations in your wheel or pedal, see your brake light come on, or notice that you have to press down really hard in order to make a simple stop, you know it’s time to get your brakes checked out. If you hear any loud screeching or squealing, that’s your truck brakes crying out for you to come get them fixed!

How Can We Help?

Here at National Spring, our expert mechanics have specialized skills that include professional brake maintenance and repair. We can perform full services on any hydraulic, air, or electric braking system. Keeping your brakes up to snuff and long haul-ready is what we do, so even if you have the slightest worry about the health of your brakes, visit our Contact Us page and schedule an appointment today! Being safe in your truck comes first. Let us make that a reality.