Making sure your car’s brakes are in good working order means keeping you and your family safe. Inspecting your brakes at least every six months is recommended.
Signs that your brakes are in trouble include:
- Mushy or soft pedal when you press the brakes. You could have leaking brake fluid, air in the fluid line or even failure of the brake master or slave cylinders. This is a very serious issue and the car should not be driven under these circumstances.
- Squealing sound when you press the brake pedal. This can mean that your brake pads need replacement, cleaning or at least inspection.
- The car vibrates when you press the brakes. This can mean that your brake rotors are worn unevenly or are warped from over heating.
- A grinding noise when you press the brake pedal. Your brake pads may have worn out completely and the metal portion of your brake pad backing plate is grinding into the rotor. Failure to replace pads when needed can result in having to replace calipers and rotors, a much more expensive problem than replacing pads.
- Warning light on your dashboard. Many newer vehicles come equipped with sensors and dashboard instruments to let you know that your brakes need to be checked out. Please don’t ignore these warnings as they could save time, money and even your life.
If you are experiencing any of these issue, please don’t hesitate to call us at 541-685-0830.