If you find yourself double pumping the brakes or notice that your vehicle isn't performing at top performance, there could be an issue with the brakes. The pads on the brakes need to be replaced often annually or more, depending on how many miles you put on your vehicle.
Brake maintenance is important for safety when driving, and maintaining your vehicle. Here are some considerations to make when you do not want to take the time or spend the money to have your vehicle looked at, but you may have a brake problem.
Recognize the Signs
There are signs you need to recognize right away that indicate brake troubles, including the following things:
- Burning odors when you use the brakes
- Wobbling and shaking while braking
- High pitched noises and squealing
- Suit around the tires
Just because you aren't having trouble every time you try to use your brakes doesn't mean it isn't a brake problem that you have.
Avoid Long Term Problems
Avoiding brake repairs can cause long term problems for your vehicle. With bad brakes, the alignment of the vehicle can be disrupted. This wears tires unevenly and can affect mechanical components.
Getting the pads replaced regularly is important but checking to make sure that the rotors are in good condition as well will help you avoid long term problems with your vehicle. These are issues that will cost more money to fix over time than just replacing the pads.
Invest in a Tune-Up
The vehicle will already be getting the brakes inspected, so invest in a tune-up as well. Have all the fluids filled if they have recently been replaced. If not, consider having the fluids drained and new fluids filled. The vehicle can also be hooked up to an electronic diagnostic device that will scan the automobile for other complications or errors that need to be fixed.
If you have noticed that you haven't been able to stop as quickly as you want to while in traffic, or that maybe your car shakes when you are trying to stop, don't put yourself at risk. You are not just putting yourself at risk not fixing the problem, but you're also putting others on the road at risk as well.
Find an auto repair shop that specializes in brake services. Have the pads and the rotors examined, and then consider doing some tune-up work and checking the fluids at the same time.