Pin It
Favorite

Give It A Brake 

by Clint Burgess & r & Preventive maintenance on a vehicle can be the difference between shelling out a little or a lot of money when it finally comes time to get down to the nuts and bolts of fixing the proverbial squeaky wheel. Whatever it may be that ails your vehicle -- from belts to filters -- it's better to get it done sooner rather than later. There is one piece of equipment that is an absolute must when it comes to keeping tabs on vehicle maintenance -- the brakes. How often do vehicle owners think about brakes until it's too late?


Personally, I have gone to the point of no return when it comes to replacing brakes. I once wore a set of brakes into oblivion on a Volkswagen Cabriolet. That translated into not only getting a brake job, but paying to replace all four rotors on the car to the tune of $70 apiece. (I told you it was bad.) It was probably a money issue at the time, but as ominous as a brake job can be, with the proper "know how" -- or, more to the point, "know when" -- brakes don't have to be a nightmare. While you don't need to be a rocket scientist to change a set of brake pads, it might be more worth your while and peace of mind to get the job done right the first time by a certified professional.


There are numerous shops around town that specialize in brakes, and there are a hundred other places that repair everything including brakes. Knowing when to go and get those brakes done is the tricky part. Obviously my aforementioned grind job went far past the point of needing to get the brakes done. One sure sign of brake wear is the familiar squealing we all know and love. The majority of the time, this high-pitched metal minuet means it's time to go to the shop. Sometimes it may just be debris in the braking system, but that's for the shop guys to figure out. Vibration of the brake pedal itself and or the front end are also signs. On newer vehicles, the dashboard brake light is also another good indication of a brake problem.


Once the problem has been identified, it's time for the inspection. If you have a trusted auto repair shop you deal with, it's probably best to see them to take care of this maintenance. And that is what it is -- maintenance -- because brakes are designed to wear out. They don't work forever. If you are undecided on a repair shop, a few area businesses have earned my trust. New Concepts Goodyear in Spokane Valley does a respectable job at a fair price. Another shop that saved me money in the past by exposing another shop's estimate as grossly inflated was Alton's Tire Center. Any of their locations will give you the facts and only fix what is actually wrong. Finally, Les Schwab on Francis has been a reputable business to deal with.


It's easy to forget about a piece of equipment like the brakes until it's too late. Brake inspections should be done at least once a year. Dry conditions in the summer in our region can result in dust and debris in the brakes, and a simple inspection may be enough to prolong the life of your brakes. I certainly learned my lesson the expensive way, and I'm not about to go back to maintenance-neglect school.

  • Pin It

Latest in News

  • Bridging 
the Gap
  • Bridging the Gap

    Bridge Avenue stands as the dividing line between the swanky Kendall Yards and impoverished West Central. Is that about to change?
    • Sep 29, 2016
  • Rematch
  • Rematch

    Once again, Cathy McMorris Rodgers and Joe Pakootas face off for her seat in Congress. Here are some ways they differ
    • Sep 29, 2016
  • Hail to the Chief (Again)
  • Hail to the Chief (Again)

    Craig Meidl again gets the nod from Mayor Condon; plus, a WSU football player in Domino's brawl won't be charged
    • Sep 29, 2016
  • More »

Comments

Subscribe to this thread:

Add a comment

Today | Fri | Sat | Sun | Mon | Tue | Wed
Lion's Club Train Rides

Lion's Club Train Rides @ Ione

Saturdays, Sundays. Continues through Oct. 23

All of today's events | Staff Picks

More by n/a

  • Iron Upgrade
  • Iron Upgrade

    The new one is smart and funny and action-packed, and it’s bigger and better and sleeker. And Downey does it again, this time ramping up Stark’s arrogant wisecracking, telling anyone who’ll listen (mostly women) that, via the creation of his powerful Iron Man suit, he’s brought years of uninterrupted peace to the world.
    • May 12, 2010
  • Seeing Gay
  • Seeing Gay

    A festival showing GLBT from all angles
    • Nov 9, 2009
  • Get Out the Vote
  • Get Out the Vote

    With all the uncertainty in the world these days, hot wings and cold beer are two things we can get behind
    • Nov 9, 2009
  • More »

Most Commented On

  • To Kill the Black Snake

    Historic all-tribes protest at Standing Rock is meant to stop the destruction of the earth for all
    • Sep 8, 2016
  • Murrow's Nightmare

    Debate moderators need to be much more than an onstage prop to make our democracy work
    • Sep 15, 2016
  • More »

Top Tags in
News & Comment

election 2016


Briefs


trail mix


green zone


marijuana


Readers also liked…

  • Priced Out
  • Priced Out

    Spokane rents aren't as bad as in some other cities, but tell that to people spending more than half of their income on housing
    • May 6, 2015
  • We Can Learn about Cancer from Fish and Worms
  • We Can Learn about Cancer from Fish and Worms

    When they lose an important gene, their cells go crazy. What that might tell us about cancer
    • May 27, 2015

© 2016 Inlander
Website powered by Foundation