Keep the Roads Safe by Taking Care of Your Brakes
There are a number of things in a vehicle that make it safe to drive. When one of those things stops working correctly it's important to get it fixed. When the brake system starts showing signs that there might be an issue, it's important to get this addressed right away. While a loose transmission isn't going to be dangerous to other drivers on the road, a faulty brake system is. A car owner has the responsibility to protect others from their vehicle should the brakes not be working correctly.
There are a number of signs that a vehicle needs brake repair. One very common indication of trouble is a soft brake pedal. What this means is that instead of the brake responding instantly when there is pressure on the brake pedal, the pedal has to be pushed further down to get a result, or the pedal requires pumping before it will respond. When this happens, it's vital that the car owner take it in for repairs immediately. The brake system isn't working correctly and it may be just a matter of time before an accident is caused by this problem.
Another issue, and one that is often misdiagnosed by the car owner, is the car listing to the side a little when braking. Some people think that this is an indication of a misaligned tire. When the tire is the issue, this problem occurs while driving, not while braking. If the car is listing while braking, a frozen caliper may be the culprit. This is not as dangerous as a soft brake pedal, but it will still need to be addressed by a brake service.
Something that virtually everyone is familiar with at some time or another are brakes that squeal when engaged. Having this addressed as soon as it occurs will save money for a car owner. That's because the initial sound is a warning from the brake system that the pads need to be replaced. If someone waits too long, then the pads will wear out and the brake system will use the rotors to brake. Allowing this to go on too long will require rotor repair or even replacement, which is much more expensive than just changing out the pads.
A less common issue is the whole car shaking when braking. This is caused by a rear brake issue. Because most braking has an impact on the front brakes, problems with the rear brakes are rare. This doesn't mean that the issue shouldn't be addressed. Frankly, it can be scary to have the whole car shake every time the brake is applied. A brake service can make short work of this issue.
There are plenty of things that can go wrong with a braking system, and it's up to you to make sure that your system stays in good shape. If you are experiencing any of the aforementioned issues, or you suspect something else is going on with your brakes, visit Lexbrodies to schedule an inspection of your brakes.