Having properly functioning brakes on your car is a necessity and an important car care upkeep practice. Without working brakes, the front of your car will soon be attached to the car ahead of you, to a fence, to a tree or, someone’s home.
Regular brake inspections are essential to good car care and can save you lots of money. Let’s have a look at what you can do to make sure that your brakes and rotors are receiving the proper care.
Go get a free inspection, most brake shops offer free brake inspections. Most because they want your business. The inspection should include a check of brake pads and shoes, hydraulic fluids, rotor wear and calipers and, if applicable, your anti-lock system. Have your brakes checked at least once a year, more often if you stop and go a lot or if you use your brakes excessively.
Be aware of your car, most brake related problems come from drivers ignoring their vehicles distress signs. Signs that you should check your vehicle’s brakes:
- Your brake warning light comes on.
- Your car pulls to one side when you press down on the brakes, instead of stopping in a straight line.
- Your car jerks to a stop when you press down on the brakes.
- Your brake pedal is either mushy, difficult to press down, or you must pump the brakes to get them to work right.
- Your brakes grind uninterrupted and you hear a loud metallic noise when you press down on them.
- One or more wheels are excessively hot after short drives.
- You see fluid leaks around any wheel or in the engine compartment near the master cylinder.
- If you are a weekend mechanic, you can perform your own inspections and install quality replacement parts such as Honda brakes or BMW brakes. Some parts such as Volvo brakes and rotors are more costly, but by carefully shopping around you can find top quality parts at a reasonable price.
So, take good care of your car and perform brake inspections on a regular basis. You, your passengers and other drivers will be glad that you did.