When Should I Check My Brakes?

Your car’s brakes
are in fact the most important safety feature on your vehicle. So wouldn’t you want to make sure your brakes are in great condition every time you get behind the wheel? This summer, don’t put
yourself or your family at risk by riding around on worn
down or faulty brakes.

When Should I Check My Brakes?

Brakes must be replaced when the lining
on your brake pad or brake shoe is worn down past the minimum thickness
specified by the car manufacturer or by state law. Your brake linings can be checked at any normal service shop or at a brake specialist.

Here are some signs that your brakes need to be checked:

  • Your brake pedal becomes very soft and mushy
  • Your brake pedal is very hard and resistant
  • Your brake pedal rests too low or too high
  • Indication or warning lights on the dashboard
  • Loud and constant scraping and grinding sounds coming from the brakes

Keep in mind, squealing brakes are not always a sign of a major problem. Brakes squeal
and squeak for a number of reasons, including moisture on the
brake pads, discs, shoes and drums.
You’re likely to notice that type of squeak when it rains. You should only become concerned if the squealing becomes a scraping or
grinding noise. This is a sign of metal-to-metal contact, which can
permanently damage brake parts.

This summer if you notice a brake problem, it
pays to have it inspected or repaired as soon as possible. The cost of a
brake repair can increase dramatically if even minor problems aren’t
fixed in a timely manner. Not to mention the value of safety it will provide you.