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Are your brakes OK?

Car brakes are one of the most crucial safety features of your vehicle. When your car brakes start to wear out, it can hugely increase the risk of a crash. Have you noticed 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. This article teaches you how to check your brakes and what to do if they need attention.

Signs your car brakes need attention

The first sign your brakes need attention is if the pedal feels softer than usual. A softer pedal could be a sign that your brake pads are worn-out. Secondly, a pulsing feeling when you press the brake pedal is a sign your car needs brake servicing.

This sensation may be due to brake fluid leaks, which can be dangerous if left unattended for an extended period. The third warning sign is if grinding noises come 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 car brakes

There are a couple of ways to check your brakes. One way is to check your brake fluid. It should be a light colour and not dark or brown. If it’s darker than usual, that can indicate that it needs to be flushed out and refilled with fresh fluid. Another way to check your brakes is to take them off, including taking off the tire, wheel, rotors, callipers, pads and hose clamps.

Doing so will allow you to 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 want to check your brakes and ensure they are safe, you can do a few simple things. Take your car to a mechanic if you notice any warning signs that your brakes might need attention. Have your brakes inspected at least every two years or every 20,000 miles. First, put the car on a level surface and press the brake pedal with one foot. You should feel resistance on the brake pedal when you press it with your foot. Next, 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 entirely.

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.

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