When you hear strange sounds or sense unusual smells, the sooner you investigate the better. Do not let the condition worsen, putting things off will only lead to more expensive repair at a later date. For example, rotors start to warp and become damaged when completely worn brake pads and shoes exceed their lifespan, shortening the life of other healthy parts due to the metal on metal grinding that takes place.
Look out for sounds, noises and smells that advise you of brake problems:
- Screeching, grinding, squealing and rubbing noises are common indicators that your brake pads or shoes require looking at. Ask an expert garage such as A1 Clutches to investigate before worn disc pads cause damage to other parts, which can result in more expensive repairs.
- Vibration and pulsation in the pedal or your steering wheel. If this is a familiar feeling, your brake system is telling you something needs attention. Don’t delay as your rotors might become warped from metal on metal rubbing, which will result in a more expensive repair.
- Having to depress the brake pedal further than normal to engage your brakes. This symptom is not as common as it used to be, but if you’re pressing down further than usual on your brake pedal to stop your car, this is they first sign that your brakes require inspection.
- If you can smell burning around your tyres you must have your brakes inspected to determine what part of your braking system is causing the problem.
- If your brake warning light comes on visit an expert garage such as A1 Clutches who will carry out a free brake inspection for you.
If you experience any other situations re your braking system that are not covered above call in at your local garage who will provide you with an estimate for repairs.
The do’s and don’ts of successful braking:
- The more urban driving you do the more stop and start driving you undertake, the quicker your brakes will wear down. Driving in towns and cities will wear brake pads down faster, which can warp rotors more quickly. If this describes the bulk of your journeys you should have your brakes checked at least once a year.
- Do not drive with your foot riding the brake, riding your brake will result in wearing your pads and warping your rotors from the excessive heat generated, especially at high speeds.
- Aggressive driving leads to last minute braking which leads to excessive heat being generated which damages your rotors. Continuous driving in this way will result in excessive wear and more frequent visits to the garage.
- Don’t carry unnecessary weight in your vehicle as this will greatly impact on the life of your brakes and reduce your fuel economy. Take a close look at the contents of your boot and remove everything that is not essential.
Remember that just as your health and lifestyle will affect the length of your own life, your driving habits will determine the life expectancy of your brakes. A regular service of your brakes not only protects the brakes but also ensures smooth driving.