How Are The Brakes On Your New Car or Truck?

April 12th, 2010 by

Have you been driving around lately and hearing some odd sounds coming from your brakes? Brakes are one of the most important things you need to pay attention to on your new or used car or truck. If your brakes go out you could be in a lot of trouble. From time to time you will need to get your brakes looked at and even replaced. It’s so important to look for and listen to the signs that your brakes may be going out.

Here are some signs to pay attention to:

1) A high pitched squeal from your brakes when you apply pressure to stop is a bad sign. This sign is a warning that it may be time to get your brakes replaced. A majority of vehicles brake pads contain a thin hard metal tab within the brake pad that acts like a fingernail on a chalkboard when pads are worn down to the minimum thickness.

2) Have you heard grinding, squealing, dragging or even thumping? These signs are a warning and you should take your car or truck to the shop and have your brakes checked before accidentally causing more damage.

3) Normal braking should be a smooth operation so if your brakes are pulsating at all, you should take your car to your mechanic. See, if your vehicle has anti-lock brakes or ABS, then you will notice a pulse of the brake pedal in certain weather conditions like heavy rain, snow, ice, or if you have to slam on your brakes. However, if your brakes are pulsing in normal weather conditions then you need to get that looked at ASAP!

Why Good Brakes Go Bad

Obviously, certain driving conditions can accelerate brake wear. Stop and go traffic creates the most wear, but there are other types of driving that cause premature wear. Aggressive driving certainly will cause more wear, as will unnecessarily riding the brake pedal during driving. It follows, then, that the best way to maximize the life of brake pads is to avoid aggressive driving and avoid stop and go situations when possible.

It’s also good to coast as much as possible, and to not rest feet on the brake pedal in non-braking situations.

Brakes will wear out eventually, but there are ways to make them last as long as possible. That’s a good thing, since brake jobs are among the more costly of basic maintenance services, due mostly to labor involved. Keeping brakes in good shape may be costly, but it’s worth it. – Car Reviews

Below is a video that can help you replace your brakes if you are a do it yourself type of person. If you don’t think that you can handle the task, you should take your new or used car or truck to your local Dayton Cadillac dealer and have them take a look at your brakes. Sometimes it’s better to have a mechanic fix things on your car for you because there is usually always a warranty involved. If you mess something up yourself then it will cost you more money to have the mechanic fix it the right way. So, just be careful when you are working on your car and if you have any questions let me know.

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