Your vehicle contains many important parts and components that help transport you from point A to point B. Any of the components can break down or wear out at any time, including the brakes. Without brakes, stopping your vehicle is impossible and an accident inevitable. Preventative care is the best way to stay safe. Many signs suggest it’s time for brake service. The four signs below are among the many that drivers shouldn’t ignore if they want to stay safe while operating their vehicle.
1. The Last Brake Service: Refer to the owner’s manual to determine the frequency brake service is needed for your vehicle. Most vehicles require new brakes every 50,000 miles, but this isn’t the case for every model. Schedule service per recommendations and rest assured your brakes are in good condition when you travel -and maintain the vehicle’s resale value.
2. Strange Noises: Brakes shouldn’t make any type of noises so if you notice squeaks or squealing when you press on the brakes, it is a sign that the brakes are worn and need servicing. You may need new brakes, brake pads or even a Brake caliper replacement to get the vehicle back in safe condition.
3. Brake Light: Pay attention to the dashboard and those lights. When they light up red, it’s a sign that something is wrong. If or when the brake light comes on, there’s only a limited amount of time before they’ll need to be replaced.
4. Driving: A vehicle with bad brakes will vibrate, pull to one side of the road or another, or otherwise drive in a manner that is unsafe and unusual. If you notice any of these things, it is time to take in the vehicle for brakes service.
Take care of the brakes on your car and stay safe while you drive.