Getting an annual car inspection is not only an enforced law in most places, it’s a great way to keep your car maintained. In order to pass inspection, you may need a variety of auto repair services done, which if left alone, may have catastrophic results.
Take your brakes for instance. In one recent survey, about 25% of drivers admitted neglecting repairs on their automobiles in the past 12 months. While it’s important to take care of any and all auto repair questions you might have, brake repair can obviously be one of the most potentially harmful. A car inspection only comes once a year though. After that, it’s up to you to identify a problem before it gets serious.
Here are just three signs you might need brake repair.
- Brake Pads: Worn out brake pads are seriously problematic, but they’re relatively easy to check. Basically, all you need to do is look under the car’s wheel well and see how much of it is left. Generally, if there’s less than one-fourth of an inch of brake pad left, it needs replacing. Experts say you should try to regularly replace them every 12,000 miles, or about every six months.
- Foreign Sounds: Actually looking is a great way to see if brake pads need replacing, but sometimes the issue is deeper than that. That’s why another great way to know when something might be wrong is to listen. Squealing and screeching sounds are usually a pretty good indication something is — or is about to be — wrong with you braking system. Even more subtle grinding type noises can be a sign that brake repair is in order.
- Odd Pedal Behavior: Now that you’ve got your eyes and ears open, try to “feel” out a problem before it turns serious. Vibrations, like the ones you would feel when a typical anti-locking braking system engages, can mean something is wrong with said system or warped rotors. A pedal that goes to the floor with little response or on the other hand is unusually temperamental to a slight touch are definite signs you should investigate brake repair services.
Putting off brake repairs can have serious and fatal consequences. Get your car checked as soon as possible if you notice any of these signs.