A car is only as safe as its braking system and with today’s accident prevention technology, that’s truer than ever. Unlike with tires, a car’s brakes don’t come with a recommended service date or mileage, making it difficult for some drivers to know when they need to have their braking system inspected. Here are a few of the common indicators that you need new brakes from us here at Pantili Mitsubishi:
- Screeching – Modern brakes are designed to alert you when the pads are nearing the end of their lifespan. One way they do this is through a loud screech caused by a metal piece within the pad scraping against the metal rotor. If you hear a loud, unmistakable screeching sound, make a service appointment for your braking system immediately.
- Sight – One of the easiest ways to inspect your braking system is by looking through the spokes of your front wheels. The brake pad should be pressed against the rotor and easily visible. If it doesn’t look like the pad is at least a quarter inch thick, make plans to have your car serviced sooner rather than later.
- Fading – If your braking system is generally unresponsive, it’s time for a new set of brake pads. Should the pedal be sinking to the floor under little pressure, it could indicate an air or brake fluid leak. Either way, schedule an appointment to have your brakes inspected.