7 Signs Your Car's Brakes Need Replacing
How long has it been since you last checked or replaced your brakes? Don't wait for your car to suddenly refuse to stop and learn to recognize the warning signs.
Having your brakes checked is one of the inspections you should request regularly in order to keep your vehicle in good condition. Checking the brakes can save you from more expensive repairs down the road while keeping you safe while driving.
Whether you're driving on the freeway or on an icy road, the last thing you want is to be caught off guard when the brakes aren't working properly. But how do you know if it's time to have them replaced?
Hear What Your Bakes are Telling You:
Here are some warning signs that brake replacement may be needed in the near future:
- Your brakes squeal terribly, or make a squealing, hissing, or cracking noise.
- The brake warning light comes on on your vehicle's dashboard.
- Your vehicle seems to take longer to come to a complete stop.
- Your vehicle pulls a little to the right or left of the road.
- The brake pedal vibrates or lowers to the floor before you have time to press it.
- When you look at your brake pads, they look too thin or the grooves on the rotor are visibly worn.
- There is a brake fluid leak. To check this, place a sheet or piece of cardboard under the car overnight to see if there are any traces of fluid the next morning.
If your vehicle appears to be vibrating or pulling on either side of the road, the problem may not be with the brakes, but with the misalignment of the wheels. Either way, it's best to have the vehicle examined by a professional to make sure.
Follow the Manufacturer's Recommendations:
Okay, you've used reasonable care and heeded the visual and audible cues that your brakes need replacing.
- If it's time to replace the brakes, you can't go wrong with following your vehicle manufacturer's recommendations.
- However, the replacement could be more economical if you can find reliable spare parts.
- Take advice from your auto mechanic or do your research yourself.
Have your Brakes Checked for your Safety:
Don't wait until your car refuses to come to a full stop to see the mechanic. Find a repair shop now and have your brakes checked for your safety and the safety of other road users. Responsive brakes will help you avoid an accident.