Brake Tips from Capitol City Honda


The quality of your brakes should be taken very seriously. Brakes are one of the most important safety mechanism on your vehicle, so maintenance must be done regularly to keep them in great condition. To help you out, Capitol City Honda has listed some ways to tell if your brakes need to be serviced.  We want you to drive around Olympia 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. These screeching noises are very noticeable, so you will know when your brakes need to be replaced. If you hear this recognizable sound, don’t wait.  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, this is commonly an indication 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, Capitol City Honda can help you out. Call 888-864-2084 for more information about the brake fluid in your car, truck, 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.

Visit Capitol City Honda’s service center today or call us at 888-864-2084 to see what we 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!