Auto maintenance tip # 2
Your brakes will make your driving experience or break you. Do you feel brakes are one of the most vital items on you vehicle? Of course you do. So why mess around. Take a Brake! Check your Brakes!
Inspecting your brakes and components
If your car has a prescribed maintenance plan and schedule, stay on top of it. Different parts of the country have different driving habits. Example – Here in Houston Texas, everything is hurry up and Stop! Since there is so much distance between point “A and B” the speed limit is higher and the stops are just as frequent. Constant stopping from higher speeds will wear heavy on your brake system. This will also determine when you may have to replace your brakes.
- Does your brake pedal feel squishy? Does it go all the way to the floor?
- Do you see a warning light for your brakes on your dashboard?
- Does your steering wheel vibrate while driving when you apply your brakes?
- Does your steering wheel vibrate when you are not using your brakes?
- Do you hear a grinding or squealing sound when you apply your brakes? Sometimes you may hear a constant squealing even when you are driving. That can be the warning device on your brake system to let you know you may have an issue with your brakes.
- Do you smell a distinct odor? A burning smell?
- Do you see metallic flakes that have peeled off the brakes?
· When you look at the rotors on your brakes, do you see and or can you feel deep gouges or scratches? If you do see deep gouges, you will have to have your rotors turned or possible replaced when you change out your brakes.
These are warning signs that it is time to have your brakes inspected and or replaced.
· Do you drive in heavy stop and go traffic?
- Do you use a camper or top storage rack on your vehicle?
- Do you pull a trailer?
- Do you live and drive in a mountainous or hilly area?
- Do you drive off-road?
Whether you choose an OEM or after- market component, “Choose Wisely!” Price should not always drive the decision. With every price, there is a “Cost” whether short term or long term. Choose the components that are Cost effective, but also fit into your budget. Be sure to include all the installation hardware that you will need.
I hope this has been a helpful. Stop safely!