Your brakes keep you safe and ensure that everyone on the road is safe, too. When your braking system isn’t working correctly, it can sometimes mean the difference between life and death. Proper care is essential for every driver, and there are some warning signs your brakes give off that indicate it’s time for service. Read on to learn more about brake inspections and a few signs that you need to have your mechanic take a closer look.
A regular brake inspection can usually get things taken care of before they get out of hand. Unfortunately, many drivers don’t bother to have their brakes inspected until it’s too late. If you don’t have time for a brake inspection or something has recently raised a red flag, you should bring your vehicle to a mechanic as soon as possible. An annual inspection of your brakes is great, but you should never ignore the warning signs that “bad brakes” can present.
There are a few things your braking system will tell you if something is not right. These warning signs should prompt you to get an inspection as soon as you’re able. When you drive, be aware of these signs and symptoms that could indicate you have a brake system problem:
- Obnoxious noises: from screeching and squealing to grinding and clicking, any noise that you hear when you apply pressure indicates there’s something amiss.
- Drifting or pulling: if your car feels like it’s pulling to one side when you brake, have the brakes inspected ASAP.
- Spongy brakes: when you hit the brakes, and it feels like the pedal almost touches the floor before you slow down, it’s a sign that something is not right.
- Vibrations: when you brake, if the pedal feels like it’s pulsing or vibrating, you should have it checked out immediately.
- Brake light: it seems obvious, and it is. If your light is illuminated on the dashboard, bring your car to a mechanic for an inspection.
These are just some of the warning signs that your brakes need help. Remember that brakes will undergo normal wear and tear, so eventually, you’ll need to have them completely replaced. A few factors that can contribute to wear include weather and road conditions, your own personal driving habits, and even the quality of brake materials installed in your vehicle. Don’t take chances when it comes to your brakes. Bring your car to us, and we’ll perform a thorough inspection to get you safely back on the road.