The importance of your brakes and their operation couldn’t be exaggerated enough. These fixtures are what ensure both your safety and the lifespan of your vehicle on the road. Of course neglecting proper maintenance for your brakes can also cost you quite the hefty fine when they inevitably need to be replaced.

That being said, many aren’t aware of the some of the red flag signs that necessitate a professional look at their brakes. Fortunately, new and veteran drivers alike can start informing themselves by always being on the lookout for these telling symptoms!

Screeching Noises

Screeching noises is a sign of necessary break repair, avoid waiting for more signsStarting with one of the more readily noticeable signs, audible screeching or creaking is something any responsible driver should be on a diligent lookout for. What many seem to forget is that a car’s brakes are designed to make these noises when they are in need of repair. Never make the mistake of waiting for more telling symptoms if your brakes are screeching. You might end up damaging your vehicle even further!

Worn Brake Pads

There are as many visual signs of brake damage as there are audible. One of the first checks you should perform if you suspect your brakes are damaged isThe outer pad should never be smaller than 1/4 of an inch a brake pad inspection. Look between your wheel’s spokes and spot the pads. As a general rule of thumb, the outer pad should never be smaller than ¼ of an inch. Any lower than that and it’s time to visit a stop for some service.

 Vibration

An unstable break pedal is a symptom of misalignmentAn unstable brake pedal is a common symptom of warped rotors and misalignment. When pads are worn, braking is usually met with vibration in both the pedal and the wheel. While this can be indicative of a few different auto problems, the fact remains that this is a symptom you should have checked the moment it makes itself apparent.

Clean Wheels

Those with experience changing a tire can tell you that even the slightest contact with your wheels leaves a dark black residue on your fingers. Contrary If you don't see break dust on your wheels it's possible that they are worn outto popular belief, this isn’t regular dirt or grime, it’s actually accumulated brake dust. As you drive and as your brakes grind down, dust falls onto your tires and accumulates as a dark layer of dirt. If you perform a visual check on your tires and see none of this dust present, it’s more than likely that your pads are worn out.

 

 

 

Conclusion

When it comes to your car and more specifically your brakes, there’s no such thing as being too careful. Keep these 4 quick checks in mind and continue driving safely and responsibly!