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4 Signs You Need Brake Repair
Aug 22, 2014 Comments Off on 4 Signs You Need Brake Repair Brake Blog 5,513 Total Views
Is your vehicle ready for that unexpected moment of having to come to a complete stop while driving on the highway? While driving 60 miles an hour, it would take your car 100 yards, the length of a football field, to completely stop your vehicle; but if your brakes aren’t up to par, it will probably take much more to finally stop, and if you don’t have that extra distance you’re front end will be in the back seat of the car in front of you. Sorry to be so graphically detailed, but it is true; by knowing the main 4 signs you need brake repair, you could prevent this and keep you, your passengers, and other drivers safe.
How to identify the 4 signs you need brake repair
- Are you hearing any sounds while applying the brake? Brake systems, including pads, are designed with sensors and indicators that make certain sounds to let you know that your brakes need service. Once you brake pads are worn, the indicator will start to make a high-pitched squeaking sound, and if you ignore the squeaking too long, you might start to hear grinding sounds. The grinding indicates your brake pads are very worn, which can damage your rotors and other brake parts and cost you more for brake repair services.
- Are you feeling unusual vibrations when braking? Aside from anti-lock brakes that pulsate very quickly when coming to a sudden stop, your brakes should not vibrate with normal braking. If your brakes cause a vibration during normal use, this typically means the surface of your rotors may be rough and uneven causing you to feel the movement of the pads against the damaged rotors. This issue needs to be addressed immediately to restore safe braking and to prevent further damage.
- Do you feel your vehicle pull in one direction when you are braking or driving? The pull you are feeling could be an alignment issue, but if you feel it more when braking, then it is most likely a sign that there is an issue with your brakes. This pull is possibly from uneven brake pads that are applying different pressure amounts, which can be fixed with new brake pads and checking the brake system for other issues causing uneven pad wear.
- Are your brake pads worn? How long has it been since they were replaced? If your brake pads are worn, it can be very dangerous since they are much less effective to stop your vehicle. Your brake pads are squeezed together onto the rotor, which creates friction and will stop your car. You brake pads wear out overtime and must be replaced. If you don’t know how long it has been, your brakes do not work as well as used to, or you have started to notice some of the other brake repair signs mentioned in number 1, 2, or 3, then it highly likely that your car is due for brake repairs.
Don’t ignore the signs of brake repair, and don’t wait until it’s too late. Keep yourself, your passengers, and other drivers safe with well-maintained brakes. Don’t have time to get to the shop? Stop on a Dime will bring brake service to you with mobile brake repair.
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