Of the key systems in your vehicle, brakes are one of the most important for keeping your family safe on the roads in Aurora. Whether you need to respond to traffic or avoid an obstacle, the ability to stop quickly when it matters most is the key goal of your vehicle’s brakes.
But just like the other systems in your vehicle, your car’s brakes are subject to wear and tear. As you stop and go in traffic around town, each time you apply and release the brakes you wear them down a little more. You rely on the brakes to control your speed and stop your vehicle safely, and not using the brakes isn’t an option.
Along with critical brake maintenance, like regular inspections and brake service, watch for key warning signs to catch potential issues early and stay safe on the roads.
- Noises when you brake, included grinding, screeching, squealing, and rubbing are familiar signs your brakes need inspection. Worn out pads and shoes can create expensive damage to rotors or drums, and, in some cases, system failure.
- Feeling a vibration through your steering wheel or a pulse in your brake pedal when braking is a common indicator. Warped rotors can usually be ground true if caught early. Significant warping will require replacement.
- If the vehicle pulls to one side during braking, you may have a pad that failed or foreign object in your brake system. This can cause uneven wear of the brakes, further damage, and reduce your ability to make a controlled stop in your vehicle.
- If you are pressing down further on your pedal than normal or feel a loss of pressure, you likely have a lot of brake pad wear. In some cases, it may be low fluid, fluid leak, or master cylinder failure.
Many of the hard parts in your system are designed to last for years and years. Friction materials, like your brake pads are designed to wear over time, therefore they must be replaced as part of your usual vehicle care. You can prolong the life of these parts by not driving aggressively on and off the brakes, not riding your brakes, and cruising with the speed of traffic.
Be kind to your brake system, and make sure you have it inspected at least once per year. Report concerns to our certified technicians as soon as possible to save money and stay safe. To schedule brake maintenance or your next inspection with our auto repair shop in Aurora, request an appointment online.