August is Brake Safety Awareness Month, and it is a special time to give your brake some much-needed attention. Most drivers don’t think about their brakes until there is a noticeable problem. Unfortunately, that is not safe for you or your vehicle. Your car’s brake components go through wear and tear throughout the year. To prevent any safety hazards from arising, we invite you to RM Automotive for a thorough brake inspection.
Auto manufacturers and mechanics recommend that you have your brakes inspected at least once a year. During a brake inspection at our auto service shop, we will look for several warning signs. They include:
- Unusual noises - The first red flag of bad brakes is noise. If you hear a squealing or screeching sound coming from your brakes, it means that your brake pads are worn. This component has a unique, metal wear indicator that erupts when the brake pads wear thin.
- Low or soft brake pedal - A soft brake pedal is an indication that your car is running on low or dirty brake fluid. You might need a fluid exchange to fix the issue.
- Stiff pedal - A tough brake pedal is another sign of a brake fluid issue. When the pressure is off, potentially from air in your brake lines, your brake pedal will be harder to push down.
- Vibrations - If your vehicle feels unstable when the brakes are applied, it could mean various things. A common explanation for this is warped brake rotors.
- Sensitive or jumpy brakes - Overly sensitive brakes can be caused by poor fitting or dirty brake pads or calipers.
- Brake light on - When this warning light comes on your dash, it means that something is amiss with the braking system. An inspection is typically necessary for an accurate diagnosis.
Let the brake experts at RM Automotive take care of your car for Brake Safety Awareness Month. Your safety matters to us. We invite you to give us a call or visit today!