5 Things To Know About Subaru Brake System - Service Information for Thornton, CO

Subaru cars and SUVs are known for their impressive safety, among other things. But no matter how many advanced safety features your Subaru has, there's no safety feature more important than the brakes. Because they're so vital, it's a good idea to know something about the brakes in your Subaru. Below are five things we think are important to know.

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5. Choose OEM Subaru Brake Parts

Whether you're bringing your Subaru to the dealership for brake service or trying the DIY route, it's best to use genuine Subaru brake parts. If you go with the aftermarket, you may indeed get a quality part; however, you could also get something lower in quality. Not only is this unsafe, but it can end up costing you more in the long run. If cheap aftermarket brake pads wear down long before Subaru brake pads do, you'll have to purchase these parts more often.

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4. Change Your Brake Pads (or Shoes) Regularly

As we mentioned above, the quality disc brake pads in your Subaru are designed to last. However, even genuine Subaru parts wear down over time. If the brake pads wear down completely, then metal-on-metal grinding may take place, damaging more expensive parts of the braking system. The good news? A brake pad will often let you know when it's nearing the end of its life by emitting a squealing sound when you brake.

Though most Subaru models come with front and rear disc brakes, some older models had rear drum brakes. If you're driving a Subaru with rear drum brakes, you'll need to get your brake shoes replaced regularly, as well.

3. Don't Neglect Brake Fluid Changes

Brake fluid is easy to forget about, but it's absolutely crucial for the functioning of your Subaru. As such, we recommend changing the brake fluid at the recommended intervals. Not sure when those are? You can either check your owner's manual or use our online maintenance schedule lookup tool.

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2. Use Subaru-Authorized Service

Since brakes are such an important safety feature, it's best to trust the experts when it comes to brake work. It may seem cheaper to head to the nearest chain auto shop, but it may not actually save you that much. The experts at Mike Shaw Subaru know their way around your specific vehicle, and they stand behind their work.

1. Get Regular Brake Inspections

The best time to learn about a problem is before it becomes as problem. That's why we strongly recommend regular brake inspections. When they inspect your brakes, the technicians will keep an eye out for anything that looks amiss, and let you know exactly how best to care for your Subaru.

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