The fact of the matter is simple: without brakes your car will not be able to stop. We all know that when you cannot stop properly, accidents happen. Your vehicle’s brakes should always be in working condition. Routine maintenance is only required every few thousand miles, so you need to know how to identify when your breaks are wearing down.
To check your brake pads, look through the spaces between the wheel spokes. The outside pad is pressed against the metal rotor. You need to have ¼ inch of pad or more. If it is any less, you will want to get it looked at by a professional.
If you hear a high-pitch screech when you press on your brakes, your brake pads are problematic. Sometimes this sound may only occur every once in awhile, which is typically okay. However, if you hear this noise on a regular basis, it is time for a professional to replace it.
A heavy amount of water is sometimes the cause of this noise if your car has been immobile for a while. Water can cause rust to develop, which may make the brakes screech when you first press them. If this is the case, it should go away quickly.
Sometimes the brake linings may wear unevenly, causing your car to drift to one side when you press on the brakes. Another cause of your car pulling is a foreign object in the brake fluid.
A sign of warped rotors is a vibrating brake pedal. Severe braking can really warp your rotors. When we say severe braking, we mean breaking as if you were driving down a steep mountain or towing your car. The more intense you are braking, the more friction is created, which in the end causes your rotors to warp. This shaking feeling is because the brake pads cannot grip the surface evenly.
When the disc and caliper (metal pieces) rub together, it causes a loud grinding or growling noise. This can scratch your rotors. Needless to say, this is a sign that your pads have been worn down completely, and you will need to see a mechanic as quickly as possible.
Keep an eye on your dashboard for any warning lights that may come on. Look in your driver’s manual to identify the brake-warning light. A red light could indicate a major problem. A yellow light may indicate a problem with the ABS system. Consult the manual for specific information.
Need new brake pads or just car maintenance in general? If you live in North Carolina, call Havoline® xpress lube® in Kernersville at (336) 993-7697. We are a full service automotive repair and maintenance shop, specializing in tire service, transmission repair, brake service, radiation flush and fill, and much more.