Brakes undergo regular wear with age and eventually have to be replaced. How fast they wear out depends on a number of factors including driving habits, the quality of the brake pads, and vehicle type. While annual brake system inspections are vital to ensuring your safety, there are occasional warning signs between check-ups that might mean your brakes need attention.
Remember that it’s very important to replace your brakes before they get too far gone. Metal-to-metal braking without braking pads can lead to expensive fixes on your vehicle.
Here are some of the warning signs that you should have your brakes looked at:
- Brake Light: the red brake light lights up on your vehicle’s dashboard.
- ABS Light: The automated braking system light is constantly lit up on the dashboard.
- Low Pedal: brake pedal gets very low before it actually starts engaging.
- Hard Pedal: you have to push the pedal really hard to make it move so that the brakes can engage.
- Grabbing: brakes grab almost too hard and fast at the slightest touch to the pedal.
- Pulling: vehicle pulls to one side while braking.
- Noise: screeching or grinding noises when applying brakes.
- Vibration: brake pedal excessively vibrates, even under normal braking conditions.
If you experience any of these things, talk to a brake inspection professional as quickly as possible. It’s always better to be safe than sorry, especially when it comes to your vehicle.
Keep in mind that Bargain Tire offers complete brake system inspections and repairs for very affordable prices! Let us be your resource to diagnosing your brake problems.