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How to Know if You Need New Brakes

Most car accidents are caused by brakes. Sadly, brakes are among the car components that people think least about, yet they are components that should be in the best working conditions.

You don't have to wait until your brakes are totally worn out before you change them. Here are the five signs that you need new brakes.

1. Vibration

The main cause of motor vehicle vibration when braking is warped rotors. Rotors get warped when you like braking in harsh conditions that cause undue friction on your braking system.

Vibrations feel like the feedback you get in your brake pedal during an emergency stop. Another cause of vibration is the misalignment of the vehicle. So you need to have your vehicle checked before you victimize the brake system.

2. Fading or Reduced responsiveness

If you notice that it gradually takes longer for your brakes to respond and the car to stop than it used to be, check your brake pads. This is also the case when the brakes respond only when the brake pedal "sinks" down to the floor before the brakes respond. However, before you have the brakes changed, check for any brake fluid or air leaks.

3. Use your eyes and ears

By looking at your brake pads, you should be able to tell whether they are still in good condition. As a rule of the thumb, have at least a quarter-inch of the brake pad. Another way is to listen to your brakes. Any screeching, high-pitched sound you hear when you apply rakes means the pads need inspection and replacement.

4. Growling or Grinding

A brake system that's in perfect condition should work smoothly. If you hear some metallic sounds, then it is a sign that the pedals are worn out completely. The growling or grinding sound is caused by the caliper and the disc rubbing against each other.

5. Pulling

When you apply brakes and you notice the car pulling to one side, then your brake linings could be worn out. Puling is also caused by foreign particles that find their way into the brake fluid. If the pulling comes from the brakes, then you have to replace them.

Final words

You may need new brakes after driving your car for between 20,000 to 70,000 miles. The mileage depends on your driving habits, driving conditions, and the type of vehicle. This is a wide range that you can't rely on. That's why it is advisable to be on the lookout for the above signs.

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