Alma Location
1210 East Superior St.,
Alma, MI 48801
Mon - Fri: 7:30 AM - 5:30 PM
Mt. Pleasant Location
120 South Fancher St.,
Mount Pleasant, MI 48858
Mon - Fri: 7:30 AM - 5:30 PM
ATS Fleet Service - Mt. Pleasant
1011 Industrial Drive,
Mt. Pleasant, MI 48858
Mon - Fri: 8:00 AM - 5:00 PM
Sat: 8:00 AM - 12:00 PM
ATS Fleet Service - Gaylord
1180 Milbocker Rd.,
Gaylord, MI 49735
Mon - Fri: 8:00 AM - 5:00 PM
Sat: 8:00 AM - 12:00 PM
ATS Fleet Service - Saginaw
3733 Wolf Rd.,
Saginaw, MI 48601
Mon - Sat: 8:00 AM - 5:00 PM

Alma, Gaylord & Mount Pleasant Auto Repair

How to Extend the Life of Your Brakes


If you have been a vehicle owner for a while, you know that (aside from oil changes) brakes require the most service and repairs. The average set of brakes can last anywhere between 30,000 to 60,000 miles. Read on to learn how to get the most wear out of your brakes.

Tip #1 - Remove the Heavy Stuff
The heavier your car is, the longer it will take for your vehicle to stop. It also means that there is more stress put on your brake components. That is why we recommend removing unnecessary weight that can slow down your vehicle. Lightening up your vehicle’s load can help you save on fuel as well. So, you hit two birds with one stone.

Tip #2 - Easy on the Gas and Brakes
When you use harsh and sudden motions on your brakes, it can wear down the components quicker. Instead, let your foot off the accelerator sooner and ease onto the brake pedal. This is the most efficient and safest way to drive your vehicle.

Tip #3 - Don’t Use Your Left Foot to Brake
If you’re one of those people driving with one foot on each pedal, you may be an oddball. This practice is discouraged because braking with your left foot or driving with both feet on your pedals can cause unnecessary wear and tear on your brakes. Get rid of this habit, so you don’t risk wearing down your brakes.

Tip #4 - Get Preventative Maintenance for Brakes
You can avoid premature brake wear and unnecessary brake repairs by performing regular maintenance. At every oil service, you should ask your technician to check your brakes, including the brake fluid, brake rotors, brake calipers, and more. More importantly, you should flush your brake fluid when it becomes contaminated to ensure smooth brake performance. 

If you are looking for quality brake service or repairs, please call or visit the local auto repair specialists at Alma Tire Service.

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