You were headed home from the soccer championships when your brakes failed at a stop light.
You were lucky. You managed to slide through the intersection without harm but you are wondering if cold weather causes brakes to fail.
Could the cold weather have anything to do with your brakes failing?
Generally speaking, cold temperatures have no effect on your car’s braking system. But, other winter related issues do influence your brakes. Driving.ca explains that the weak point in your braking system is the system’s exposure to the road. In winter, that means exposure to road salt, excessive moisture, and high temperatures caused by start and stop driving.
The result can be rust buildup on components like caliper sliders leading to dragging brakes and excessive wear. In a worst case scenario, your wheels will seize and won’t budge, driving.ca says. That is dangerous at best but especially treacherous when the roads are slippery with ice and heavy with traffic.
You can prevent many winter braking problems, according to businessinsider.com by having a brake technician check out your brakes at the beginning of winter and again in mid-winter. You should also change your brake fluid to one more compatible with cold weather.
You can find a brake technician at Tracy’s Automotive.
Tracy’s Tire Pros and Automotive is here to help. If you don’t have time or feel you can take your car to the shop, Tracy’s Tire Pros and Automotive will pick your vehicle up at your home or work. Then, after your car is serviced or repaired, Tracy’s Tire Pros and Automotive will bring it back to you thoroughly cleaned.
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