The importance of a brake inspection

As a mom, I rely on my vehicle to transport my children and their friends all over town.  Thus, it is very important that my vehicle stops when I need it to.  There is nothing worse than the feeling you get when you have a car full of kids and the car won’t stop properly.  To ensure my family stays safe, I have my brakes inspected at least once a year by a qualified repair facility.

It is important to have your breaks looked at on a regular schedule and also to notice when they’re malfunctioning. But how do you know when your brakes need service? They will usually give you warning signs before they fail.  Here are a few symptoms you should look for to prevent accidents resulting from brake failure.

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1. Noise while braking.

This is usually one of the first signs of brake failure.  You may hear a grinding, screeching, or high-pitched noise when you start to press on the brake pedal.  These noises indicate that your brakes are coming to the end of their life cycles and need replacement.  Replacing brake pads is fairly inexpensive. However, if you wait too long, the brake pads will wear through to the rotors – and rotor repair has a far steeper price tag.

  1. Spongy feeling.

This occurs when you have to press the brake pedal farther or harder than usual to stop. The problem may be worn brake pads or something more serious like a leak in the lines or a component failure.

  1. Car pulls to one side when you apply the brakes.

If your car pulls to one side instead of going straight, you could have a problem with your brake lines, be low on fluid, or have more serious problems with other areas of the brake system.  See a repair facility as soon as possible.  Your safety and the safety of those around you depend on it.

  1. Brake warning light comes on.

When the brake warning light stays on, there is a problem with the brake system that may not be immediately noticeable.  The problem could be a faulty sensor or a possible brake system failure.  It is very important that you do not ignore this light. See a service advisor as soon as possible if the brake warning light comes on at any time.

  1. Steering wheel vibration.

If you notice a vibration in the steering wheel that extends to the brake pedal while you are driving, you need to take your car in for brake repair.  The vibrations and shimmying indicate warped rotors.  When your brakes are not functioning properly you will not stop on time, priming you for potential accidents.

Brakes tend to wear out over time, so don’t wait to get brake service.  The cost of brake repair service is a whole lot less that the cost of failing to stop when you need to!  So keep everyone safe by maintaining a healthy brake system.

We here at 2nd to None Service strive to provide exceptional customer service.  All of our technicians are fully certified and trained to take care of your vehicle’s brake needs. So if you are having any problem with your vehicle’s brakes, please do not hesitate to give us a call and schedule an appointment.  Remember: the safety of you and your family is very important to us since we consider our customers family.  Bring your car in for a brake system inspection and our team of advisors will make sure you are treated right.

Thanks,

Lynnetta Rogers

2nd to None Service

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~ by 2ndtononeservice on April 10, 2013.

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