There are some things on your car that you should have confidence in and never worry about. Is everybody buckled up? Do I have a full tank of gas? Your vehicle should make you feel protected and safe, and keep you and your loved ones safe throughout your travel. It goes then, without much, saying that you also need to be in no doubt about your brakes. This keep’s you out of harm’s way in the event of an accident or road hazard. Be sure about your brakes and this will keep you harmless, and prevent a primary cause for many accidents on the road.
Check your brakes at Brake-O-Rama.
There are numerous checks that you can do on your brakes, but the best recommendation is to get your brakes checked regularly. Your mechanic can do this simply with every tire rotation or oil change. Your brakes should be checked at least once a year, and many states and counties require this as part of your vehicle’s registration requirements. A proper brake check can catch minor problems before they become major troubles, and replacing your damaged brake pads or cuffs sooner than later could save you time, money, and even your life. Be watchful to never ride your brakes, meaning have continuous pressure on your brakes while also on the gas pedal, or use them for normal stopping while in motion, such as traffic jams that you speed up too fast and have to stop swiftly rather than slow down. These issues can decrease the life of your brakes and cause them to wear out too early.
Break caution signs:
If you feel ANY of the following, get your brakes checked out as soon as possible by your trusted Automotive Technician or Mechanic.
Grinding- If your brakes grind or growl when you put pressure or when trying to stop, this is a major sign that your brakes have damaged, maybe to the point of major repairs to the rotor(s). Get this checked right away and do not wait, your brakes are insecure at this point.
Squealing- Squealing can be due to many factors. Brakes that are wearing down will begin to squeal, and this is a major sign they need to be replaced. However, additional moisture between the tire and brake pads can also cause squealing or squeaking. Pay more attention, if the problem only occur when starting out your drive, it may be a matter with moisture. Once the tires and brakes warm up, if the squealing still present, get them looked at as soon as possible.
Needing Added Pressure- If you have to give added pressure, slamming on the brakes to stop the car, you may have a brake problem. You shouldn’t have to put more than light pressure to the brakes to get your car to slow down or stop. If you find yourself regularly having to put lots of pressure on your brakes, they may need to be replaced because the pads have damaged too much or there is a problem within the braking system itself.
Long Stops- If you notice that your car keeps moving forward after you have already applied the brake, it might be because your brakes are damaged to the point of replacement or there is a trouble inside within the braking system.
Pumping- Pumping is a little hard to find out. This is depended on what kind of braking arrangement you have in your vehicle. If you have ABS (anti-lock brakes) you may have a pumping action that you feel occur automatically in the event that you hurriedly slam on the brakes or make a fast stop. If you don’t have this, and it feels as if your brakes ‘pump’ in rapid bursts when you put pressure, you may need to get them checked out for problem, bubbles, or uneven wear and tear that may cause additional damage in future.
Your brakes are crucial, and the consequence of keeping them in good condition must be stressed. Brakes are easy to check and replace keeping you on the road and out of the shop. With proper maintenance and consciousness, your brakes will keep you secure and ready for whatever your commute will throw at you.
Bring it to Brake-O-Rama today for a free Brakes inspection. Brake-O-Rama can help you achieve better car performance. Call Brake-O-Rama’s friendly staff at 888-750-7035 to set up an appointment.
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