When Should You Get Your Brakes Checked?

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You don’t want to get casual about your car’s brakes. Not only do faulty and worn-out brakes change the way your car handles, but they are also a serious safety hazard. The better condition your brakes are in, the better the odds become that you’ll successfully avoid getting into an accident. Despite the importance of perfectly working brakes, many people don’t know when they should have their brakes inspected.

The general rule of thumb is that you should have a mechanic look at your brakes once every six months. The best way to make sure this happens is arranging to have your brakes checked each time you get your vehicle’s tires rotated. Remember, just because you’re having a mechanic look at your brakes, it doesn’t mean that they’ll actually need any work. This regular check is a basic part of good car maintenance.

The reality is that few people actually do have their brakes inspected every six months as they should. If you fall into this category, there are some signs you should look for that indicate it’s time to get your car’s brake to the shop for some work.

If your brakes are starting to squeal, thump, or rattle when you apply pressure you need to get your car in right away. In most cases, these noises indicate that the brake pad is nearly worn away and that it won’t be long before the brakes stop working.

Pay attention to how your car handles when you step on the brakes, especially if you’re going downhill. Does everything remain smooth or does the steering wheel vibrate? If there’s a vibration, book a brake check with your mechanic. The vibration often indicates a problem, often a deformation, with your brake rotors, the longer you keep driving, the worse the disfiguration will become and the more dangerous it is for you to drive your vehicle.

The last and most subtle sign that it’s time to get your vehicle in for a brake check is that it simply isn’t stopping as quickly as it should. The increasingly delayed stop indicates that your brake pads are getting worn down and that it’s likely time to get them replaced.

It’s important to have reliable brakes. Book a brake check appointment today! We offer reliable service and reasonable prices

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