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Have You Had Your Brakes Checked Lately?

european auto tech says check your brakes for safety.When was the last time you had your brakes checked? People often think about measures they should take to keep their vehicles going, but don’t think about the system that enables their vehicle to stop safely. The fact is, brake failure can have disastrous and tragic results. Not only are you and your passengers in danger if your brakes fail, but other drivers and their passengers, as well as pedestrians, can also be at risk for injury or death.

Over time, the forces of heat and friction will take their toll on your vehicle’s brake components, causing the braking system to lose effectiveness. Therefore, it is important to have your brakes checked regularly to make sure it remains in proper working order. Many drivers choose to have their brakes inspected every 10,000 miles. However, the frequency with which you have your brakes checked might also depend on the age of your vehicle, your driving habits, and the terrain where you live.

For example, if you do a lot of city driving, which involves frequent stops and starts, your brakes will wear out sooner than if you drive mostly on the highway. Driving frequently in the mountains can also be tough on brakes. Driving habits can also influence how long brakes last. Drivers who tend to brake hard or “ride the brake” will have to replace their brakes more frequently than drivers who make a conscious effort to engage their brakes in a careful manner.

 Your vehicle’s brake system is made up of many components, which means a wide variety of things could go wrong. Therefore, it is important to pay attention to the warning signs that indicate brake problems. If you notice any of the following signs, you could be in danger of brake failure.

  • Listen to your brakes. When brakes emit a squealing sound, that means that the brake pads are wearing thin. Brake pad manufacturers actually put a small piece of metal called an “indicator” on the brake pad so that when it wears down to around a quarter-inch thick, the indicator will make contact with the rotors and emit a high-pitched squealing noise. If you hear a grinding sound when you use your brakes, they have worn past the pads and are grinding against the rotors.

  • Another warning sign is a shaking or vibration in the steering wheel when the brakes are applied, which could be caused by a misalignment between the rotor and the pad.

  • If your foot goes all the way to the floor when you press the brake pedal, have your brakes inspected immediately.

  • Finally, if you notice your car pulling to the left or right when use your brakes, you should have your brakes inspected as soon as possible.

Having your brakes inspected regularly and also dealing with any problems quickly will help you avoid brake failure. At European Auto Tech, we take the safety of our customers seriously. You can count on us to conduct a thorough brake inspection on your BMW, Mercedes Benz, Audi, Porsche, or VW. We specialize in German vehicles, so we know how to keep them operating at their best. If you live in the Tucson, AZ, area and want the best service available for your German automobile, contact European Auto Tech today.

 

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5 Comments

  1. Marc Fillion
    Posted May 5, 2015 at 7:57 pm | Permalink

    I didn\’t realize the amount of compression the brake had could be a problem. Why is it bad to compress your foot all the way? I think that\’s what I do in my little car right now. If it\’s a problem, though, I\’ll definitely get it checked. Brakes are one part of the car you can\’t mess around with.

  2. Wade Joel
    Posted May 20, 2016 at 7:29 pm | Permalink

    I would agree that most people mostly think about how to keep their cars going and not stopped. Your tip to listen to your brakes to hear if the brake pads are wearing thin. Also to pay attention if when you brake if your car goes left or right to get it checked out immediately.

  3. Lillian Schaeffer
    Posted August 3, 2016 at 5:38 pm | Permalink

    These are some great tips, and I appreciate your point that squealing brakes can indicate the pads are worn. I noticed this happening whenever I slowed down when I was driving yesterday, but I thought it was because of the water from the rain. I heard them kind of squealing again today, and there hasn\’t been any rain, so I think my brakes are just worn. I\’ll definitely look into taking my car in to have those repaired. Thanks for the great post!

  4. Rockford Johnson
    Posted September 1, 2016 at 1:36 am | Permalink

    This article has helped me to understand the benefits of having my brakes checked regularly. I like how you explained that shaking and vibrating in the steering wheel is a sign that you need to get your brakes checked. I hope that I can remember this article if I ever start to experience problems with my brakes.

  5. Posted December 6, 2016 at 2:31 pm | Permalink

    Reading this article has helped me to understand the importance of having my brakes checked regularly. It was interesting to learn that having my brakes serviced can help you to avoid brake failure. I hope this article can help me to avoid spinning out or crashing during the upcoming winter season.

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