How do you know that your car brakes need to be replaced or maintenance?

20 May, 2022
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How do you know that your car brakes need to be replaced or maintenance?

The brakes are the most important safety system for your car because they allow you to control the speed of your car, and to stop it safely. The brake pedal is the first pedal you press in an emergency. Like any other system in your vehicle, it must be maintained and checked regularly to ensure it is operating properly and efficiently, for your safety and the safety of other road users. And if it doesn't park well, this could be due to a number of reasons. The brake pads and discs may be old and worn causing them to not adhere well, brake fluid may be old and have moisture absorbed, reducing their effectiveness, or the hydraulic system may lose fluid and pressure.

Grinding sound

If you hear a grinding sound when braking, the brake pads or discs may need to be replaced. The brake pads have a metal wear indicator that makes noise when in contact with the brake disc. When you hear this noise, you will likely need to replace the discs immediately. But you may also notice a screeching brake sound if the vehicle has been parked in the rain or in standing water for long periods of time. This can cause rust to build up on the discs. But don't worry, it should fade quickly when you get back on the road.


Leaks on the inner wheels

Your braking system is complex, and if there are worn seals, loose couplings, or broken or cracked hoses in the system, air and fluid can leak, making the brakes less effective. So look for fluids on the inner wheels or on the ground where you park your car regularly. Brake fluid is usually clear with a slight odor.


Swipe left or right

Your vehicle must run straight and correctly when braking. If it doesn't, it could be a serious problem when you brake hard in an emergency. If your brakes wear more on one side than the other, a pull to one side may occur.


Vibration

If you notice vibrations through the steering wheel or brake pedal as you slow down, check the brakes.


Brake pedal sinks to the ground

If you have to depress the pedal down too long before the car starts to slow, it could be because of an oil leak and pressure in your brake system which is very dangerous.


Warning light

If your dashboard displays a brake warning light, have your vehicle checked immediately. This is likely an indication that the brake hydraulic system has failed, and should be addressed as soon as possible to avoid a serious accident.


Sticky handbrake

If you feel resistance when removing the handbrake, your handbrake may be stuck. And make sure you get it checked by an expert because driving with the handbrake on can cause the brakes to overheat, corroding and causing brake damage.


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