Wednesday, 7 September 2016
When Do You Need to Replace Your Vehicle Brakes?
Your car brakes may not be something you think about often; however they are one part of the vehicle that must always be in perfect working condition. Here are the signs that your vehicle needs new brakes:
The most common sign that you need to replace your car’s brakes is an abnormal high pitched sound made when the vehicle comes to a stop. Brakes are manufactured using s tiny piece of metal known as an indicator found on the brake pads. If this material wears down to a point where what is left is less than a quarter an inch, the material piece comes into contact with your car’s rotor, creating a scenario similar to finger nails on the chalkboard. This is a sign that you should have your brakes replaced in less than a month.
The Brakes Make a Grinding Sound
When you hear a growling or grinding sound when you press the brake pedals, this is not good news, your car’s brake pads aren’t the only part that should be replaced. Normally what causes the growling or the grinding sound is the brake caliper and the brake disc rubbing together, this is as a result of completely wearing out of the brake pad.
It’s now necessary that you have the break discs (metal rotors) replaced or have them serviced by a mechanic. Having your brakes serviced regularly will prevent the need of replacing the whole brake system with expensive break parts, like the disc and pads prematurely.
If the vibration takes place during braking cases when the anti-lock brakes aren’t engaged, then it’s an indication of warped rotors. Severe braking for prolonged periods of time, such as when towing or when driving down a steep mountain is what is causes warped rotors. These conditions create tremendous amounts of friction, heating the rotors and making them to warp. If you must drive under these conditions, ensure you stop periodically to allow the brakes to cool off.
Your Brakes Make a Clicking Noise
Another telltale sign is when you notice your clicking sound when you apply the brakes. All vehicle are fitted with a device that prevent brake pads from rattling upon the depression of brakes, this is a good sign that it’s time to have your old or worn out brake pads replaced with brand new ones.
Deep Grooves are in the Rotor
If you are a vehicle owner who is adept at making repairs yourself, there are also other visual indicators that show your current brakes needs replacement. Severely worn out brake pads often leave deep and circular groove in the rotor. These grooves are also referred to as the “scores”. They look exactly the same as the marks found on a record. If the grooves can be seen on rotors, it may be necessary that you also replace the brake pads. In addition, if the grooves appear particularly deep, you should also change the rotors.
At times, you vehicle may behave as if it has a mind of its own. It may behave as if it wants to turn left or right while y you are braking or even driving. If you notice this, you should take your car to the mechanic to be checked because this could be a sign of faulty braking system. The stuck caliper may be the cause of this pulling. Since such cases would lead to friction only on a single wheel and not the other three, you vehicle may pull to that side where caliper is stuck.
The other two cases that may make the vehicle to pull are the uneven brake pads, which applies different amounts of pressure to different tires or the collapsed brake hose that makes the calipers to move unevenly especially when brakes are applied.
However, pulling does not always indicate that your brakes need replacement. Pulling could also occur as a result of poor alignment, worn out tires, unevenly inflated tires or even a problem with the car’s suspension. This is the reason why, if your vehicle starts to pull, you should take it to the nearest mechanic for a complete workup.
The Brake Pedal Is Pulsating
If your brake pedal pulsates when you press on it using your foot, this is often an indication that you need new brake pads. The term “pulsating brakes” refers to the vibration of brake, or constant grabbing whenever you attempt to apply the brakes. Typically, pulsating brakes are brought about by brake pads that are worn out or warped brake pads due to the heat. In cases of pulsating brakes, at times brake pads are re-machined to correct this problem. However, if your current pads are unable to be re-machined, then you should have them replaced with new pads.
Maintaining your brakes is among the most important safety features for all vehicle owners. It’s also critical to your car’s upkeep for the long term ownership. Unfortunately, the maintenance of brake system is normally overlooked by many vehicle owners. Maintaining and replacing your vehicle’s braking system can help you in preventing expensive repairs over time, and will also keep your vehicle in the best possible form to prevent collision.
To be able to maintain your vehicle’s barking system, you need to replace your brakes as soon as you start noticing the above tale tell signs. Generally, the more you drive your car, the more wear on your brakes and the shorter the lifespan of your brakes.