Are your brakes OK?
Have you been noticing that your brake pedal is getting softer than usual or that there is a pulsing sensation when you press it? These can be signs of worn-out brake pads. Brakes are one of the most important safety features of your car. When your car’s brakes start to wear out, it can hugely increase the risk of a crash.
This article is here to teach you how to check your brakes and what to do if they need attention.
Signs your brakes need attention
The first sign your brakes need attention is if the pedal feels softer than usual. This could be a sign that your brake pads are worn-out. Secondly, if there is a pulsing feeling when you press the brake pedal it’s a sign your car needs brakes servicing.
This sensation may be due to brake fluid leaks, which can be dangerous if left unattended for a long period. The third warning sign is if there are grinding noises coming from your car’s wheels when you stop, like metal on metal. This phenomenon may be due to worn-out brake rotors and callipers or squeaking brakes, which can also lead to issues with braking power in the future.
How to check your brakes
There are a couple of ways to check your brakes. One way is to simply check for brake fluid at the bottom of your car’s reservoir. It should be a light colour and not dark or brown. If it’s darker than usual, then that can be an indicator that it needs to be flushed out and refilled with fresh fluid. Another way to check your brakes is to take them off, which may include taking off the tire, wheel, rotors, callipers, pads and hose clamps. This will allow you to get a good look at the drum or rotor surface. It’ll also give you a chance to see if any wires are exposed or if there are any leaks in the brake system.
What to do if your brakes need attention
If you notice any warning signs that your brakes might need attention, take your car to a mechanic. Brakes should be inspected at least every two years or every 20,000 miles. If you want to check your brakes and make sure they are safe, there are a few simple things you can do.
First, put the car on a level surface and press the brake pedal with one foot while the other foot is firmly placed on the ground. You should feel some resistance on the brake pedal when you press it with your foot. Next, step away from the car and release the brake pedal slowly to see if it has a strong return-to-rest position. The brakes should hold in place until you apply more pressure or let go of them fully.
If you notice any problems with your brakes, get them checked out by a professional as soon as possible for safety’s sake!
Checking your brakes is a simple task that can help you avoid a costly and inconvenient issue. If you notice any of the following signs, it’s time to get your brakes checked. The best way to check your brakes is to take your car to a professional and ask them to perform a brake inspection. They will be able to tell you if your car needs new brake pads and rotors.
Contact us at (02) 4228 7949, if you want a fast quote or visit us at www.wollongongmechanical.com.au, if you want to learn more. We service Figtree, Shoalhaven Heads, Mount Pleasant, Wollongong, Greenwell Point, Kiama, Corrimal, Warilla, Albion Park Rail, Worrigee and surrounding areas.