Do You Know When to Get Your Brakes Checked? Look and Listen for These Signs
There is perhaps no part of your vehicle more important to your personal safety and the safety of those riding with you than your brakes. If your car is exhibiting any of the following symptoms, have brake maintenance performed as soon as possible.
Perhaps the most important thing to bear in mind is your own personal driving habits and style. If you do more stop-and-go driving, you may want to check your pads more frequently than a typical driver. Most mechanics would advise you to check your pads every 15,000 miles. If you are a harder driver on your brakes than average, you may want to check more often.
Pay attention to changes in your brake pedal’s performance. If you feel it getting spongy, or not responding like it typically does, have your brakes system evaluated immediately. Weird sounds, like metal on metal grinding can also indicate problems between your brake pads and your rotor. Sounds will not go away on their own, and like so many things with your car, ignoring an issue only leads to bigger problems.
Fading and pulsing can also indicate issues within your car’s braking system. If you apply the brakes and feel them take hold only to feel like they are letting off while the pedal is held down, or if you can feel backpressure on your foot as it applies the brakes, you may have one of these issues. Have a professional evaluate your braking system as soon as you can.
Stop by Munich West and we can recommend brake maintenance and let you know what needs to be done to keep you safe behind the wheel. We’ll keep your Mini, Audi, Mercedes-Benz, Volvo, Volkswagen, BMW or Saab stopping on a dime, with out costing you your last one.
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