Seven Signs That You Should to Get Your Brakes Checked

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Seven Signs That You Should to Get Your Brakes Checked
By: Luke Shaff ~ 4/7/2016

Routine brake maintenance is essential for the safety of you and your passengers.  Faulty brakes can lead to an accident, especially during slick winter weather conditions.  This guide informs you of the signs your car will show when your brakes need to be checked or replaced.

First and foremost, it's recommended that you get your brakes checked by an automotive professional at least once per year. However, you should look for the following signs that your brakes need to be changed in between inspections.

  1. Grabbing - If you notice your brakes grabbing, it's time to get them looked at.  This can be an indication of one of several different issues ranging from a leaking brake cylinder to a failed proportioning valve to the calipers sticking.
  2. Noise - Anytime anything on your vehicle makes an odd noise, it's a reason for concern.  The primary sounds to listen for when it comes to brakes are clicking, grinding and screeching.  Screeching can mean the brake pads are low or dirty. Grinding brakes may indicate a caliper is sticking or the brake pads are bad.  Clicking may signify that a pad is loose.
  3. Low Pedal - A low pedal means you have to almost touch the floor with the brake pedal before it engages and slows your vehicle.  This indicates you need your brakes replaced.
  4. Hard Pedal - A hard pedal means you have to apply a great deal of pressure to the pedal before the brakes actually engage.
  5. Pulling - If you notice your vehicle pulling to one side when braking, it's a sign you might have a bad caliper or worn out pad.
  6. Brake Light - Make sure you look on your instrument panel to see if the brake light is on.
  7. Vibrating Brake Pedal - When your rotors warp, it will cause your brake pedal to vibrate even if you're braking in nonhazardous driving conditions.

Luke's Automotive in Redmond is an exceptional auto repair shop that is known for honest and amiable service, thorough diagnostics and repair and affordable pricing.  Call Luke to get your brakes checked, serviceed or a complete brake repair.

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