Check Your Brakes Before They Fail you
Brake maintenance shouldn’t be put off. If your car is giving you these signals, it’s time to have your brakes checked before they need major brake repair.
Brake Light On
Most late-model cars have indicator lights when something is wrong with the brakes. If the brake light comes on, check to make sure the parking brake is fully released. If that isn’t the problem, have your brakes inspected.
Grinding or Squealing Noises
When the brake pads start to wear down and contact the rotors, you will hear squealing or grinding noises when you’re driving. It’s time to replace the pads before they cause damage to the rotors. If you hear noises when you hit the brakes, it probably means you’ve gone too long without brake service.
Soft Brake Pedal
If you’re feeling less resistance in the brake pedal or you have to press to the pedal to the floor mat, it’s a sign there is a problem in the brakes. Don’t wait to get service. It could merely be moisture in the system, a lack of fluid, or something more serious.
Chemical Odors While Driving
A sharp burning smell while driving, especially when you are repeatedly braking, could mean that your clutch or brakes are overheated. This occurs on steep roads. Find a safe place to stop and let the brakes cool. You don’t want the brake fluid to get so hot that it boils, because it will cause brake failure.
Car Handling Differently
When the rotors wear unevenly, you may feel a vibration in the steering wheel as you apply the brakes. If the car pulls to one side when you brake, it could mean that one of the brake hoses has gone bad. When the brakes aren’t operating correctly, it will affect your driving.
Don’t Delay Brake Service
Your brakes will wear out over time. Most brake pads last about 50,000 miles, but it depends on how you drive and brake and the quality of the pads. Let a mechanic diagnose brake problems to keep your car safe. Have your brakes inspected every six months to keep up with problems.
Contact AMPM Automotive for brake repair on your car. Schedule your appointment online or stop by our Rockville MD location.