If you’re not a mechanic, cars are confusing. They’re full of intricate parts that all work together to create an incredible machine that makes modern life way better. We’re sure no one misses the days of the horse and the buggy, but sometimes it’s harder to figure out what’s wrong with your car than it is to figure out what’s wrong with a pony. That being said, of all the complex parts coming together to make your car, there are a few that are far more important than the others. Second, only to the engine and the wheels, are your brakes. Your brakes are what stand between you and certain death at some points, and the importance of them continually working without failure cannot be over-exaggerated. That being said, as a car driver and not a mechanic, how are you supposed to know when it’s time to get your brakes serviced? There are a few tell-tale signs that can guide you to keeping your brakes in tip-top shape for the life of your car. Check it out.
The Brake Light
This is a simple one. Most of the time, your car communicates when there’s something wrong with it. The engine light could come on when the engine needs servicing and a tire light may come on when one of them isn’t rolling right. As cars grow more and more advanced, their warning systems become more reliable, and that’s true for your brake light too. You can check your manual or google your car’s make and model to find out which light on your dashboard is your brake light and you can glimpse if it’s on or not. It could light up as red or yellow, but it basically means the same thing across the board: get your brakes checked. Be wary though, as an engaged parking brake may also make this light turn on depending on the model of your car, so make sure that’s disengaged before you jump to conclusions.
It’s Making Noises
More often than not, your vehicle is communicating with you, even if you don’t realize it. Most folks do realize that their brakes are getting a little questionable, though, when they start hearing grinding or squealing noises when they’re tapping the brake pedal. This could be caused by a number of things. The grinding sound that may emit from your brakes when engaged could mean that there’s just a rock caught in the brake’s components, which is an easy fix. But, it could also mean that you’re hearing the sound of metal on metal and you’ve worn through your brake pads entirely. Squeaking or squealing noises is usually another sign of the brake pad being worn down and in need of replacing. This is an easy fix and your mechanic in Chappaqua should easily be able to spot it.
You’re Feeling Vibrations
The other most concerning cry for help you’ll hear from your brakes is when you feel the car wobbling, vibrating, or scraping when you’re tapping the brake pedal. This is often a sign of an uneven rotor. Rotors work by applying even pressure to stop the tire from moving in response to pressure from the brake pad. If it’s uneven in some areas, it will cause the car to wobble or vibrate when slowing down. Rotors acquiring slight variations is a normal part of your vehicle’s life cycle, and will likely happen to everyone at some point or another.
As your resident mechanics, we’re always happy to help you sort out any issues with your brakes so you can stay safe on the roads. Reach out to us if you’re concerned about the sounds or reactions coming from your braking system. We’d be happy to offer peace of mind via comprehensive automotive repair services. Find out more about our brake services now.