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5 Signs Your Brakes Need Changing

 

When it comes to driving a car, the brakes have to be the most important part as they could save your life. So, you need to make sure they are working well and do not need to be replaced. Here are some things to look out for that could indicate that your brakes are ready for the scrap heap.

If you hear a screeching noise when you press down on that brake pedal, then this is a major sign that your brakes need looking at. The screeching noise is an indication that your brake pads have worn down so much that the rotor is coming into contact with the metal indicator on them. However, sometimes the indicator falls off or is not even there in the first place, so your brake pads could still be worn down without you experiencing a screeching noise first. It’s therefore wise to have your brake pads checked on a regular basis.

Other signs that your brake pads need attention are if it takes longer for your car to stop than usual or if you feel that your brake pedal is going down further than it used to. It’s wise to remember that when your brake pads have been replaced, they will be quite shiny and the car’s braking performance will be altered for around the first 50 miles after getting them replaced.

If your steering wheel feels wobbly in your hands when you are braking, this is a sign that your rotors have become warped and need replacing. However, they don’t need to be replaced as often as your brake pads. Some mechanics may offer to turn the rotors for you, but it’s always better to get them replaced if you can.

A juddering sensation when applying your brakes will indicate that the brake discs have changed shape, usually as a result of uneven cooling and heating. Using a lower gear and avoiding braking so heavily can stop this from happening.

Avoiding heavy braking will also help with keeping your brake pads healthier for longer. The more heavy footed drivers will find they need them replacing more often than someone who anticipates the need to brake and therefore doesn’t need to brake as heavily each time.

If the brakes feel ‘spongy’ when you apply them, this could be a sign that there is a problem with your brake fluid and, in some cases, it could have even evaporated. It’s important to check your brake fluid regularly and replace it once every two years.

Even when someone doesn’t use their car very often, the brake discs could still need replacing due to rust and corrosion. So it is still important to get them checked, even if your car is just sitting in a garage.

It is very important to have your brakes checked on a regular basis and look out for the signs mentioned above. Not only will this greatly improve the safety of your car for both yourself and passengers, but it will ensure that you can avoid costly repairs.

Tyres Northampton are specialists in providing brake checking, tyre fitting, wheel alignment and MOT testing, as well as other services. For more information, get in touch with us today.

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