It sure is nice when your car has a healthy brake system. You feel much safer as a driver when you know your vehicle can stop or slow down effectively. Brake problems can make things a lot more difficult when out on the road—especially as we head into Northern Delaware's late fall and winter seasons.
Brake System Maintenance
Brakes do require maintenance from time to time. The brake pads generally need the most attention. They should be checked with every automotive service visit and replaced once they are too worn to be effective. Other brake maintenance procedures may include replacing or remachining the brake rotors. Drum brake systems and disc brake systems will have different maintenance and repair needs. A good mechanic will be able to tell you what needs to be done and when to prevent major brake problems.
Signs of Brake Problems
There are some signs you can look for to know when you may be overdue for a brake service or repairs:
- Screeching, squealing or grinding noises when braking, accelerating or turning
- Car shuddering or vibrating when you press the brake pedal
- Car not stopping as quickly as normal
- Leaking brake fluid
- ABS brake system warning light is on
- Car pulls to one side when stopping
- Burning smells when braking or accelerating
Common Brake Repairs & Maintenance Needs
These are some of the most common signs of brake issues. In many cases, it may just be the brake pads are getting too worn or there is some other minor problem to address. It is always recommended to get your brakes inspected as soon as possible when you notice anything wrong. Oftentimes, a minor issue can be found and repaired before it develops into something much worse.
Bad brakes can also affect other automotive systems, including the suspension, wheels, tires, wheel alignment and drivetrain components. Taking care of your brakes can help prevent a variety of other problems while also keeping you and your passengers safer when driving the vehicle.
Whether you need preventative brake maintenance, a full brake service or specific brake system repairs, call Fox Run Auto at (302) 597-9205 or schedule a service appointment online. Be sure to check out our Specials page for the latest coupons for free brake inspections and discounted brake services.