Taking Care of Your Car Keeps You Safe

Taking Care of Your Car Keeps You Safe

How To Know If It's Time For New Brakes

by Kent Alvarez

You want to make sure that you are always well aware of the condition of your brakes, as they are an essential part of your vehicle. Without proper brakes on your vehicle, you could be putting yourself and others in real danger. Therefore, you will want to read through the following signs that indicate the need for new brakes.

There Is A Burning Smell

If you are starting to find that there is a burning smell coming from your tires by the time you finally get to work or home, you will want to have your brakes checked out. If it has been a while since the vehicle has received new brake pads, it could be that they have worn down so pad that the pads are basically gone. You may learn that the metal that held the pads is now rubbing against the metal rotors whenever you apply the brakes. When the braking system is that bad, you may find that you also have to replace the rotors. This is because the metal from the brake pads digs into the rotors, causing scratches.

The Brake Pedal Vibrates

There should not be a feeling of vibration when you apply the brakes. If you are feeling a vibration or pulsation when you push down on the brake pedal, then there is a problem with your brakes. You will need to have a mechanic change out your brakes as soon as possible. Even if you are still stopping on time, you do not know how long that will continue to happen as the brakes start getting in worse shape.

The Brake Light Comes On

When the brake light on your dashboard comes on, you need to call to set up an appointment for brake replacement as soon as possible. Do not assume that there is just a sensor issue or that the brake light is not something to be concerned about. It is a warning system built into your vehicle for the safety of you, your passengers, and everyone else on the road.

Make sure that your new brakes are being put on by an experienced mechanic in order to get the best results. Remember, if your brake pads are in really bad shape and the vehicle was being driven a lot, more repairs to the brake system may be needed in order to keep you safe and to ensure that your vehicle will be able to pass the yearly state inspection.


About Me

Taking Care of Your Car Keeps You Safe

When I was a teenager, my dad taught me to care for my car well. After I grew up and started a family of my own, I taught my teenager how to take care of his car, and I thought he was listening to everything I said. One day, he told me his car was "acting funny" and asked me to take a look at it. I asked him when he last changed the oil. He then told me that he had never changed it after he bought the car almost two years before! I am very grateful his lack of car maintenance did not get him injured, but it could have. I know there are a lot of other young people out there who neglect their cars, so I decided to make a blog to share auto tips and help everyone stay safer on the road!