Can Cold Weather Affect Your Brakes?

We’ve stressed before how important it is to check up on your brakes if you notice any signs of wear or tear. Now that the winter winds have arrived it’s just a matter of time before the first snow falls and the sooner you check up on your brakes the better.

A common question that gets asked a lot is if cold weather can have a negative impact on your automobile’s brakes. The short answer is no, but it can play a contributing factor in the condition of your brake pads and rotors.

The surface on the road may be slippery which can cause your tires to brake poorly but it is the heat that wears out the brakes. Over time your brake pads will eventually wear depending on how aggressive you drive and that can cause cracks to appear in your pads. Outside air, water and dirt can get in your pads and brake lines and once it gets cold they can freeze inside which can cause squeaking and grinding noises when you apply the brakes.

Waiting too long can cause damage to the rotors and depending on the severity of problem it can lead to expensive services and repairs. In cold weather not only do you not want to deal with the problem but driving on roads covered in sleet or ice can be very dangerous.

The bottom line is that it is not worth the risk driving in these winter months without getting your brakes checked.

Bring your car in to 2J’s Automotive and let the mechanics give your vehicle a free diagnostic test ($80 value). If anything is wrong with your car they will find out what it is and let you know what you need to do to get it running properly. Send us an email if you think your brakes are acting up or call us at 817-232-9866. Phones are answered around the clock.

2 responses to “Can Cold Weather Affect Your Brakes?”

  1. Simone says:

    2008 Ford Escape – had the whole thing ‘checked over’ about a year ago (new brake pads, fluids checked). 10 degrees overnight, car had been sitting for about 12 hours, drove on the flat for 5 – 7 minutes before gently braking for the first time since starting the car – zip, no braking power. In my imagination felt like Styrofoam ‘between something’. Tried pressing, releasing, re-pressing – nothing. Thank goodness I was going very slowly, so slowly that I found I had ‘enough brake’ to eventually stop. Re-started the car 15 minutes later (having accepted a ride from a helpful citizen to a auto parts place to try and learn what the problem might be) and everything was fine, and fine since – now 2 days later. Coming from San Francisco I don’t have a lot of experience but I’m not young and I have never had any experience like this; very frightening. With a very lightly used vehicle, well maintained, what might the problem have been? What should I check? (Plenty of brake fluid in evidence). REALLY don’t want to experience that again and don’t know if I’ll EVER trust getting up to a good speed after starting my car again in the Winter before being POSITIVE I ‘have brakes’!

    Thanks for any advice,
    Simone

    • admin says:

      Sounds like you have a problem with your brake master cylinder may be getting air in the lines or an internal leak. This needs to be addressed quickly.

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