Taking good care of your car is more than just protecting a good investment; it is a safety hazard if you don't care properly for your vehicle. Many people fail to educate themselves about cars and don't recognize the early signs that the car is having trouble. One of the most important parts of the car are the brakes. If you don't care for the brakes you could easily endanger everyone in the car. Here are some things that you should know about the brakes of your car.
1. Replace The Brake Pads and Listen For Squealing
In many cases you can repair the brakes with a simple replacement of the brake pads, which tend to be more affordable then replacing the entire brakes. When you first replace the pads you will notice that there will be some noise. This is totally normal, but only when the brake pads are brand new and they need to be broken in. After you have driven the car for some time and the brake pads have adjusted, there should be no sound while pressing on the brakes. If you hear noises while you are driving or braking, you have a problem. You should get this issue looked at right away.
2. Don't Allow The Car To Swerve
Swerving is rarely a good sign with your car. Many people mistakenly think that if the car is pulling to one side it is simply a problem with the alignment. That can be the case, and you should check the alignment often, but if the car is swerving when you brake it could be a bigger problem, such as one side of the brakes are failing.
If the car is not braking evenly on both sides it could cause the car to fishtail when you are braking, or even worse both sides could eventually give out and then everyone in and around the car could be in serious trouble. This is why you should never ignore swerving. Get the problem fixed as soon as you notice it.
3. Sensitive Brakes Are The Best Brakes
Lastly, you should never allow your brakes to become slow and unresponsive. You should have the car respond the moment you press down on the brake pedal. If it takes a while for the car to slow down, if you have to pump the pedal, or if you have to slam down on the pedal to get the car to respond you could be in danger.
By following these tips you can protect yourself and ensure your car is safe to drive. Contact a business that specializes in brake repair for more information.