Owning a vehicle is like having kids. You have to make sure it’s healthy and safe enough to be on the road. Whether it’s a brand new car or a pre-owned vehcile, preventative maintenance is key to ensuring the car’s reliability for years to come. Having a professional look at your car regularly is important. Many of the first things that need replaced are the brakes. If you’re not sure how to tell if you need new brakes, I’m going to tell you six ways to know!
Do You Need New Brakes?
Let me begin by saying that if you feel something isn’t right with your vehicle, don’t way for your bi-annual or even quarterly maintenance appointments. If your brakes are squeaking, if they feel off, if anything feels off, go get it inspected. It’ll be a lot cheaper than waiting for something to go wrong.
1. If you need to apply more pressure than required to get your car’s brakes to work.
2. If you feel a vibration when the brakes are used.
3. If your brakes make a squeaky or high pitched noise when slowing down.
4. If you feel the car veering to the left or to the right when you apply the brakes.
5. If the brakes’ warning light comes on.
6. If the brake moves too easily and touches the car’s floor easily.
It could just be an easy fix, like replacing the brake fluid. However these could also mean the brake pads are worn and need replaced.
Did you know that you can actually check the brake pads by yourself. Just look through your tire. If you see dust on the wheel, or the pad is less than a 1/4″ inch thick, they need changed.
Be dilligent, be safe, and use common sense. If you’re not sure call your car maintenance person and get the brakes checked.
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