Your vehicle's brakes are essential to your safety and your financial security. Brakes that are in tip-top shape will help you avoid an accident. If you avoid accidents you can likely avoid an auto insurance rate hike.
With that in mind, brakes require maintenance and replacement — just like every other aspect of your vehicle. If you have concerns about the quality of your brakes, ask an automotive technician to take a look at the pads and rotors.
Let's take a look at some of the most common signs that show your brakes are nearing the end of their useful life.
If you drive with the radio on, turn it down for a full day of quiet driving. Listen for any clues that your brakes need maintenance or replacement. If you notice a squealing noise when applying the brakes, it is a sign the brake pads might need replacement.
Other concerning sounds include buzzing and scraping noises. These come from the metal tabs positioned at the top of brake pads. Known as wear indicators, these tabs warn you that it is time for new brake pads.
It Takes Longer to Stop the Vehicle
If your brakes are not as responsive as they were in the past, bring the car to an automotive professional. Pads can only make contact with the rotors for so long before they stop generating the friction necessary for timely braking. This reduced friction results in a longer braking distance.
Your Vehicle Pulls to One Side When You Apply the Brakes
Vehicle brake pads sometimes wear at varying levels. If the brake pads on one side wear down faster than those on the other side, the vehicle might pull to the left or right when you brake. Bring your vehicle to a mechanic to determine if the brakes are the cause of the veering. But keep in mind that there might be another issue that is causing the problem. Never try to self-diagnose a problem.
The Brake Pedal Vibrates
If the brake pedal vibrates when you apply pressure, it is a sign the brake pads need attention. These pads are usually held intact with a special binding resin. The pads gradually wear down, the adhesive heats up and spreads across the rotor. If the resin fails to distribute in an even manner, the brake pedal will likely pulsate. The vehicle might not be able to brake as needed.
Have your local auto expert take a look at your vehicle and determine if new brake pads are necessary. Analysis and repair might prevent an accident that could threaten your safety and increase your car insurance rate.
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