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Brake Tips from Capitol City Honda


Your brakes are an incredibly important safety mechanism on your vehicle, and the care of your brakes should be taken very seriously. Here at Capitol City Honda in Olympia, WA, we understand that your brakes need to be in the best possible working order so your car runs efficiently and safely.

Squeal & Wear Indicators

Newer model vehicles will have brake wear indicators, popularly known as squealers. When brake pads reach the end of their useful life, you normally hear a metallic rubbing or screeching noise while you are applying pressure to the brake pedal. A delay in replacing the brake pads will cause them to make the noise continuously and repair costs to rise. There are times when brakes might make a squeak or squeal when applying light pressure, but don't confuse this noise with the indicators in place for break wear. They make a very noticeable screeching noise which will alert you that it is time to change them. If you hear this recognizable sound, schedule service with Capitol City Honda as soon as possible.

Low Brake Fluid

If you notice the brake fluid reservoir is low, there may be a leak somewhere in the brake system. However, it is more common it may be an indicator that your brake pads are worn down and need replacing. Brake fluid from the reservoir drains into the brake system and replaces the space occupied by the used up brake pads. If you’re unsure how to check your brake fluid, we can help you at Capitol City Honda. Call 800-594-2956 for more information about the brake fluid in your car or truck.

Dirty Brake Fluid

American Honda recommends replacing your brake fluid every three years regardless of mileage. The fluid in your brake system can absorb moisture. If moisture gets into the system, it begins to corrode portions of the system. A fluid flush will remove the moisture from the system before any serious damage can happen occur. This simple service can save you a lot of money in repair costs down the line. Schedule service today for a fluid flush. American Honda recommends using only Honda Dot 3 Brake Fluid. It is formulated specifically for your Honda which helps extend the longevity of the system.

Stop in today or call us at 866-200-3052 to see what we at Capitol City Honda can offer you. Residents of the South Sound have trusted our Olympia, WA sales and service departments for more than 45 years. We can’t wait to work with you and help you with the care of your Honda vehicle!