Routinely inspecting your brakes at an oil change or standard service interval is extremely important.
Most vehicles have a brake pad wear indicator light that will inform you when the brakes are due to be replaced – knowing how much time you have left and the overall condition of your brakes helps you plan for the expense and keeps you safe on the road – you need brakes more than anything!
Recently, the vehicle in the image below came to us with what can only be described as an extremely dangerous brake wear situation. In the image, we can see that the brake pad is completely gone and the caliper is grinding the metal of the rotor – the pad material and backing plate were completely destroyed. We had trouble making this car stop in our parking lot! As the brakes were neglected after the pad wear indicator came on, the vehicle will need three new calipers with pads and rotors on all 4 wheels – really expensive brake maintenance caused by simple neglect! We were glad to get this car off the road – be careful as you drive….when you think someone’s going to stop for you, it could be this car!
Your brake pads are the most common brake repair for your vehicle. Your brake pads are eroding every time you depress your brake pedal. Those who drive in Chicago traffic need to have their vehicles brake pads changed twice as often as those in rural areas. If the brake pads wear out, it causes even more issues as shown above.
Proper Brake Maintenance & Warning Signs
Naturally, over time your cars brake system wears down and parts need to be replaced. Many new car models have the warning indicator light, but those without this feature need to look and listen for the following warning signs:
- Screeching, squealing, and grinding noises coming from the brakes
- Your car pulls to one side as you apply the brakes
- Pulsing sensation when you press on the brake pedal
- Steering wheel vibration while your braking
- Squishy or soft brake pedal response
You brakes are one of the most important safety features of your car. Don’t take chances when it comes to the safety of you and others on the road. At Rennology Motor Sport, we always check your brakes as -part of our normal inspections. Call to arrange an appointment to check your brake system at 708- 687-5258 for our Mokena location or 331-302-5027 for North Aurora.