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Are Brakes Affected By Cold Weather

Are Brakes Affected by Cold Weather?As the temperatures dip in our beautiful Humboldt County, our cars are also feeling the chill. A common question that pops up, especially when the air gets crisp, is whether cold weather has any impact on our brakes. Here are a few things to keep in mind:

Cold Weather and Brake Fluid - The cool air can influence the viscosity of brake fluid, potentially affecting its performance. Keep an eye on your brake fluid levels and quality, especially during the cooler months.

Brake Pads in the Cool Breeze - Cold weather can make brake pads take a bit longer to warm up and fully engage. This might slightly affect stopping distances. Regular brake checks are still key, even in our more temperate winter climate.

Navigating Wet Roads and Brake Safety - While snow is a rarity, wet roads are par for the course during winter. Your brakes play a crucial role in navigating these conditions. Ensure your brake system, including the ABS, is in tip-top shape for enhanced safety.

Winter-Ready Brake Tips - Schedule a brake inspection to ensure all components are working optimally. Consider using brake fluid suitable for cooler temperatures, and if you notice any unusual sounds or reduced responsiveness, don't hesitate – have your brakes checked promptly.

In a nutshell, though snow is a rare guest in Humboldt County, our focus at Old Town Auto Service remains on keeping you safe and sound. Cold weather can have subtle effects on brakes, but with our regular check-ups and maintenance, you can confidently cruise our beautiful roads year-round.

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Happy and safe driving,

The Old Town Auto Service Team