An important system to inspect on your vehicle is the brake system. While it is important that your car is powered by a well conditioned engine, it is also important that it can be stopped by a good set of brakes. When the brake pads of a vehicle are getting thin, it can then also lead to damage on other parts to the braking system, including the calipers and the rotors of the brakes. If those get bent or worn, then your brake system repair just got a lot more expensive than simply replacing the brake pads. Having routine maintenance and checks done on your brakes can save you money down the road and prevent an accident from happening.
If the Brakes Respond Slower
Did it seem like it took longer to stop at the stop sign than normal? You might have a heavier load than normal in the car or you might have an issue with your brakes. Has it been awhile since you had new ones put on? Then it might be time to visit your mechanic and ask him to check the thickness of the remaining pads. They can measure it in just a matter of minutes and give you an accurate gauge of remaining brake pad. Make sure to bring the vehicle in and we can inspect the brake system for you.
Noises from the Brakes when they are Applied
Was there a metallic grinding sound when you were stopping at the stop sign? If there were no other cars around you and yours was the only culprit, then you might need to head to an auto service center ASAP. Grinding metal on metal might mean the brake pads are completely worn down and you are grinding the rotors down. That means the car will not stop nearly as fast and you are doing damage to the entire braking system of the car. It could also mean there is something off balance and needing adjustment on the calipers or something on the tire.
Know when the Last Brake Inspection was
Keeping track of details like your last oil change or your last tire rotation might not be your forte. That is okay because most auto repair shops will have a computer system and do it for you. There are a few things you should be aware of when it comes to your car. When was the last time you had a maintenance check and when did you have your brake pads installed. An ASE certified mechanic will know what to look for on the brakes and tell you when they should be repaired. They have a tool that measures how thick the brake is and how much percentage of the brake pad you have used. If you are at twenty percent or less for brake pad remaining, then you might want to start thinking about new brakes. Replacing the brake pads will only take an hour or so and is well worth your wait. Failing to stop at an intersection could put you in a nasty accident and hurt yourself or a passenger with you. Taking the time to fix the brakes before they become a problem is something that is easy and recommended for your safety and that of anyone who travels in your vehicle.