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Angela's Articulate Collection of Car Service Secrets, Tips and Tricks

Hi, my name is Angela, and as the wife of a mechanic, I was constantly tripping over car parts and complaining about the rows of project cars lining our garden. However, after a few years, I quit complaining and actually found joy in the art of auto repair. Inspired by that classic book, "Zen and the Art of Motorcycle Maintenance", I decided to start working on cars with my husband. This blog is the culmination of everything I have learned and more. I hope you enjoy reading it and that my tips and ideas guide you toward a healthier car and a happier, safer driving experience.


Angela's Articulate Collection of Car Service Secrets, Tips and Tricks

Can Three Ways You Tell Your Car's Brakes Need Repair

by Keith Simpson

Brakes are the single most important safety feature on a car. When you step on the brake pedal, a complex series of reactions occur. The pedal forces the brake fluid to engage a series of systems, which creates friction. It is this friction that brings your car to a stop. Brake pads are connected to the calliper, which is fitted to the disc rotor. When the system is working efficiently, you can stop at any time when you sense danger on the road. Faulty brakes, on the other hand, lead to a delayed reaction time, which can be the difference between an accident avoided on time and a complete car wreck. Here are three subtle signs that you need to replace your brakes.

When the Brakes Keep Making a Squealing Noise

Normal brakes have a very silent action. If you hear any sound when you step on the brakes, it means that your pads are worn out. When the pads start wearing out, the metallic part becomes exposed. Each time that you step on the pedal, the metallic squealer will rub against the rotor, making the scratching or squealing sound. You should have the pads replaced immediately you start hearing this sound. If you do not make the replacement, you will start hearing a grinding sound, which is the sound of the brake pad metal grinding against the rotor. At this point, you may not be able to stop when you step on the brakes while speeding.

When the Pedal Feels Different

There are two differences you may notice on your brake pedal when the system starts falling apart. First, you may discover that it feels easier to press the pedal down. On the other hand, you may discover that the pedal is harder to press down. It is an indication that there is air in the brake lines. It could also mean brake fluid is leaking.

If Your Car Pulls to One Side When You Brake

Cars pull to one side when driving because of suspension problems. However, if the suspension is okay, it could be a sign that the brakes are failing. You cannot know the actual problem unless you consult a professional auto mechanic.

Other subtle signs which will show you that your car needs brake repair include shuddering through the steering wheel when you brake, when the brake warning light comes on and when you lose grip when braking. Contact a professional auto mechanic to check the condition of your brakes and replace any part which is worn out.