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Questions You Should Be Asking About Your Brakes

Knowing how to drive a car is just one factor of safely operating a car. Too many people think that if they know how to drive a car, then they know all they need to know. That is not the case. There are a couple of things that every person should know before they operate a car about the functioning the car so that they know the car is safe to operate. For instance, the brakes are one of the most important parts of a car. Which is why it is so important that you know the signs that the brakes are failing. Here are some things you should be looking for in your brakes.

Do The Brakes Grind When You Press Them?

One of the first things you should be looking for is the sounds of the brakes. When you press on the brakes, you shouldn't hear any sounds. When the brakes start to fail, you are likely to hear a kind of grinding noise. This noise should only happen when you press on the brakes. Otherwise, it could be caused by something else, like the transmission. But grinding when you press on the brakes could mean a couple of things. It could mean the brake pads are worn out, that the brakes are grinding on the tires, or a myriad of other things. Don't ignore this sound.

Are The Brakes Slow To Respond?

Another important thing to look for is how quickly the brakes respond when you press them. If the brakes take a while to actually respond to your pressing, or if you have to pump the brakes to make them work then you have a problem. Brakes don't need to be super sensitive, but they should jump into action quickly. This is another problem that needs to be addressed.

Does You Car Pull To One Side When You Brake?

Lastly, pay attention to what the car is doing when you brake. If the car pulls to one side when you press on the brakes, then you have a problem. This means that one side of brakes might already be failing so that one side of the car is solely responsible for stopping the car. This is incredibly dangerous, seeing that the other brakes could fail and then you have no working brakes. This needs to be attended to.

As you can see, there are many important things to look for with your brakes. Contact a company like Heritage Auto Pro for more information and assistance.