Of the many auto parts that affect your safety while on the road, few play a larger role than the brakes. However, just like other vehicle components, your brakes won’t last forever. Here are a few of the warning signs that the time has come to replace your old brakes.
3 Signs You Should Replace Your Brakes
1. Squealing or Grinding Sounds
Brake pads are typically the first part of the braking system to wear down. The pads actually come with steel wear indicators to alert drivers when they need to be replaced. The warning signal is a loud screeching sound that occurs when you apply the brakes. This ensures you replace the pads before the rotor gets damaged. Grinding is usually more serious, indicating that the rotor itself is damaged.
2. Unresponsive Brake Pedal
If the brake pedal feels soft or spongy and you need to press harder than usual to bring your car to a stop, you should inspect the brakes as soon as possible. A wide range of issues could be to blame, such as moisture buildup within the system, worn brake pads, or even a serious issue with the master cylinder, and you should have them fixed before driving again.
3. Pulling to One Side
Unexpectedly swerving to one side while braking could easily lead to an accident. Though pulling to one side during normal driving indicates improper alignment, if this issue only occurs when you apply the brakes, you are likely looking at issues with the caliper or a faulty brake hose. Unbalanced stopping is extremely dangerous and should be addressed right away.
If you need to replace your brakes, you’ll find what you need at Smyth Automotive. Serving Ohio and Kentucky for over 50 years, their 24 locations offer a wide selection of original equipment manufacturer and aftermarket car parts, so you can complete your repairs. Check out their current inventory online, or call (513) 528-2800 to speak with a representative. For more tips and tricks, tune into Smyth Automotive's podcasts for all devices. Follow them on Facebook and Twitter for up-to-date news and information.