Do you know what the signals are that your auto brakes should be checked and changed?
WHAT ARE THOSE SIGNALS?
Here are some signals of problems with your brakes;
- Noises – when you put your brakes on do you hear squealing, screeching, rubbing, grinding or some other noise? If so you need to check your brake pads as they may have reached the end of their life span. If that is the case it is time to change the brake pads.
- Vibration or pulsing –when you are going certain speeds and apply your brakes do you feel vibrating or pulsing then you need to get your brakes checked as it could be a your pads reaching their lifespan or that they have gone beyond that and the metal on metal has started causing issues with your rotors. Whatever the issue that the brake inspection technician tells you, it needs to be addressed with the correct parts.
- Does your brake pedal need to be pushed down farther and farther? –This could be a sign that brake pad wear is going on, your brake fluid is low, there could be air in the brake lines or there could be other issues. Do not wait on this; get this checked right away by a brake change service. Pay attention to what they tell you the cause is and make sure that you make the necessary repairs.
- Do you smell a burning smell when you put on your brakes? – Do not wait around on this issue; this will need to be addressed by someone who is a professional to find out exactly what is going on with your brakes. When they tell you what parts need to be replaced, brake shoes or lines then do the repair needed immediately before it causes more issues that could lead to complete brake failure.
- A brake warning light –Not all vehicles will have a brake warning light if your vehicle does have a brake warning light do not ignore this warning. Go to your local brake change service and have it checked.
HOW CAN YOU MAKE YOUR BRAKE PARTS LAST LONGER?
Making your brake parts last longer is a combination of maintenance and driving.
- Brake pads should be checked regularly and changed when they are at the end of their life span.
- Rotors should also be checked at least once a year, unless you have signs that you are having braking issues that could be a rotor problem.
- When it comes to driving; the less stop and go traffic you have to drive in the better. If you do have to drive in stop and go traffic the way you drive and apply your brakes can either help or hurt your brake parts. For instance if you are tailgating you have to stomp on your brakes more often; so leave at least 2 car lengths between you and the car in front of you. Begin slowing down earlier for stops.