HOW TO TELL IT’S TIME FOR NEW BRAKES IN MA
As important as it is for your car to go when you want it to, it’s equally as important for it to stop when you want it to. Like most systems in your car, there a multiple parts that make your brakes work and bring your car to a stop when you step on the pedal. If something seems like it’s not quite right when you hit the brakes, you need Ray’s Auto Service. But how do you know when you need repairs to your brakes in MA?
HERE’S HOW TO TELL IF THERE’S SOMETHING WRONG WITH YOUR BRAKES.
SOFT OR SPONGY BRAKE PEDAL
Have you ever heard someone describe their brakes as “mushy”? “Soft” or “spongy” are good words to describe it, too. Basically, if you depress the brake pedal and the brakes don’t respond as quickly as you expect, that is a sign of air in the brake lines. The brake lines transport brake fluid to the calipers and engage the brakes. If air gets in the brake lines, or they are damaged or leaking, or the fluid is just old, it affects the performance of your brakes. Flushing the brake fluid or repairing or replacing the brake lines will resolve the problem.
INCREASED STOPPING DISTANCE
If your brake pedal feels fine, but your car takes a longer distance than it should to come to a stop, that’s a sign that your brake pads are worn down. The calipers squeeze the brake pads against the rotors to slow the wheels and stop the car. If the brake pads are too thin, it takes longer for the car to slow down.
The sound of squeaky brakes makes most people cringe, but that’s a feature, not a bug, to borrow a phrase. Many newer brake pads have built-in wear indicators to let you know that your brake pads have worn down. When you hear that squeak, it’s time for new brake pads. If you keep braking on worn-down brake pads, they will start to grind and can damage the rotors.
WOBBLY PEDAL OR STEERING WHEEL
Have you ever depressed the brake pedal and felt it or the steering wheel wobble? That’s a sign that your brake rotors are warped. Just like the brake pads, the rotors wear down over time. Thin metal heated by friction can warp and cause the wobbling you feel through the pedal and steering wheel.