Signs Your Brakes Need Inspection

In terms of vehicle safety, the brake system is at the top of the list, so have your brakes inspected by a car service professional at least once a year. Understanding the key warning signs that your brakes may require maintenance will go a long way toward keeping you and others safe on the road.

KwikFit March 2014 003It starts as a faint noise in the beginning, but gradually it become noisier and more glaring. A smell, feeling, or sound can be the start of a brake issue that is worth looking into sooner rather than later. Waiting on brake repair undoubtedly can result in something more expensive and more parts wearing out that could have been saved if the repair was done sooner.

The following are five of the most tell tale clues that you need a brake inspection.

1. Listen for screeching, grinding or clicking noises when applying the brakes. These noises aren't normal and shouldn't be ignored. Strange sounds are usually a sign that it's time to replace a part in your brakes.

2. You feel your car pulling every time you push down on the brake pedal. That's a good indication that the brake linings are wearing thin.

3. Look for wear between the wheel's spokes. Look for an outer pad; it should be pressed against a metal rotor. If you see less than 1/4 inch of pad, you may want to have your brake pads inspected or replaced.

4. Sometimes, a vehicle will vibrate when you come to a stop. This is more than just a nuisance; it could mean something's wrong with your brake rotor, among other things. Have your brakes and your tires examined to diagnose the exact problem.

5. If your brake warning light is illuminated in your car it is time to schedule a brake test ASAP. There could be serious issues going on with your brakes and it is not smart to delay an inspection.

James Blanchard

James Blanchard writes for VinAudit.com which provides an inexpensive instant car history reports for second-hand cars in the United States. VinAudit is an authorized consumer access service provider for National Motor Vehicle Title Information System(NMVTIS).

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