Your vehicle’s brakes are one of the key components of your driving ability. Your brakes are used on a regular basis and if you’re a commuter, they are constantly in use during stop and go traffic. Brakes wear out but they wear out slowly so that there are some warning signs that it’s time to get your brakes checked.
The biggest sign that you need to check your brakes is a high pitched squeal when you come to a stop. Brake pad manufacturers include a piece of metal called an indicator on the pad and when the material wears down, the metal begins to touch the vehicle’s rotor causing the high pitched squeal.
Another sound to listen out for is a harsh grinding sound. This sound means you have gone through your brake pads and the metal is grinding against the metal of your rotors. If you hear this sound, bring your car in immediately as this could damage your rotors, costing your more money.
In addition to sounds, you might feel problems with your brakes. Specifically vibrations or the rapid brake pedal pulsations. This indicates warped rotors. Uneven surfaces will buzz against the brake pads and you’ll feel it in the brake pedal. Rotors usually only warp when they are under extreme stress for an extended period of time.
The other sign that you need your brakes checked is your brake pedal. If it feels like you can push your brake pedal farther than usual to stop, you could have worn out the brake pads or a problem with the hydraulic system. If your brakes stop immediately at the lightest touch, you could have an unevenly warn rotor or dirty brake fluid.
Pulling is also a warning sign that you need to check your brakes. When your car pulls to one side or the other, as if it has a mind of its own, it could indicate a problem with the braking system. The other reason for pulling is there is a problem with your tires or alignment.
Finally the last and biggest sign is when you feel like your car is not stopping or slowing down when you put on the brakes. If that happens, you should immediately take your car to your local mechanic.
TLC offers brake services and we have a lifetime guarantee on all parts and services so if you think you need to check your brakes, bring your car in to TLC Auto & Truck in Farmingdale!