Were you aware that if you were traveling over 60 miles per hour and suddenly needed to stop, it would take your car about the length of a football field (100 yards) to come to a complete stop? Your brakes are one of the most important parts of your vehicle, which is why you should keep them well maintained. Although not as attractive as your sleek leather seats, they are crucial when it comes to your safety. This is why it’s so important that you can to identify the warning signs and know when it’s time to get your brakes serviced.
If you’re experiencing any of these 4 signs, call DML Automotive in West Chester, PA for a brake inspection today. (610) 738-9392
1. Worn Pads
Having worn brake pads can be extremely dangerous because they are less effective at stopping your automobile. In order to know if your brake pads are worn, you will need to first know how they should perform. Every time you press in your brakes, a set of padded clamps also called “brake pads” squeeze together onto a disc called the rotor. This creates friction and stops the car. Over time, the brake parts wear thin. If you’re not sure what condition your brake pads are in, get them checked! Bring your car into DML Auto and our ASE-certified experts will examine your brake pads for free and let you know if they are in good condition.
2. Odd Sounds
Most vehicles are equipped with a small indicator found in your braking system that senses whenever your brake pads are worn. This indicator releases a high-pitched sound to signify they need to be replaced. In addition to this squealing sound generated by the sensor, you might also hear a grinding sound. This is not good! The grinding sound indicates your brake pads are mostly likely worn very thin. Worn pads can damage your rotors and increase the cost of your repair. Damaged rotors are expensive, so it’s important to avoid ruining your rotors by getting routinely slated auto maintenance and brake service.
Have you ever noticed the car pulling one direction or the other while you are driving or braking? This may very well be an alignment issue, but it may also be a sign that there is a problem with your brakes instead. The reason your car is pulling one side could be because of uneven brake pads applying different degrees of pressure. If this happens to you, call DML Automotive today and we will be happy to inspect your vehicle and determine the real source of the problem.
With an anti-lock braking system, it’s normal to feel pulsing vibrations when you stop suddenly. However, if you feel these vibrations when braking under regular conditions, you may have a problem. Vibrating brakes indicate the surface of your rotors may be distorted. In reality, what you may be feeling is the feedback from the uneven surfaces hitting the brake pads. If you notice the ABS light and it remains on, then bring your automobile in for a brake inspection straight away.
It’s extremely hazardous to drive with damaged brakes. If you start experiencing these issues, we would be very happy to do a courtesy inspection on your vehicle to determine your problems and repair them completely. Keep an eye (or a good ear) out for these indications. Stay safe on the road by maintaining your brake pads and rotors regularly.