Posted Thursday, Apr 12, 2018

Are your brakes are trying to tell you something? Pay attention because the brake system helps ensure safe vehicle control and operation and it should be checked immediately, even if you don’t suspect any problems While an annual brake inspection is a good way to ensure brake safety, Know the warning signs that your brakes need maintenance.

• Noise: screeching, grinding or clicking noises when applying the brakes.
• Pulling: vehicle pulls to one side while braking.
• Low Pedal: brake pedal nearly touches the floor before engaging.
• Hard Pedal: must apply extreme pressure to the pedal before brakes engage.
• Grabbing: brakes grab at the slightest touch to the pedal.
• Vibration: brake pedal vibrates or pulses, even under normal braking conditions.
• Light: brake light is illuminated on your vehicle’s dashboard.

Brakes are a normal wear item on any vehicle. We know they will eventually need to be replaced. Driving habits, operating conditions, vehicle type and the quality of the brake lining material are all factors that can affect brake wear and performance. Be sure to avoid letting brakes get to the ‘metal-to-metal’ point as that can mean expensive rotor or drum replacement.