Brakes are one of the most important parts of a vehicle but they get very little attention. This is because they are relatively small and out of the way, you won’t necessarily notice damage to your brake pads by casually looking over your car. There is also the fact that it’s easy to miss the declining quality of your brakes, they tend to lose their power gradually rather than all at once so you might find yourself adapting to weaker brakes unconsciously over time. But you shouldn’t be looking to live with unreliable brakes, you should be aiming to keep your brakes in top condition.
If you don’t want to find yourself losing control of your vehicle’s speed then you need to look out for the signs of problems with your brakes. Some are more apparent and others are more subtle, read on to learn what to look for and at the first sign of trouble start looking into servicing your brakes so that you can feel truly safe on the road.
Illuminated Brake Lights
Keep an eye on your dashboard, the automated processes that keep an eye on the condition of your vehicle may not catch every problem but if they give you a warning you should at least look into what may be causing the sign. Your dashboard should have a brake light and if it becomes illuminated then you should look into the condition of your brake pads and your brake fluid levels. Even if you don’t find anything wrong you should consider getting your brakes serviced soon anyways because they need to be taken care of regularly. This may seem obvious but you might be surprised to know how many people ignore issues that are right in front of their face.
Keeping an eye on the condition of your vehicle is about more than just looking at it, you should also be listening to what it’s telling you. While strange new sounds may not mean anything if you want to be as safe as possible you should take any new sound you hear seriously. This goes for sounds made by any part of your vehicle but it’s especially important to listen for sounds that may occur when you use your brakes, since the sound of “metal on metal” accompanying the use of your brakes could mean that your rotor is being damaged and may need to be replaced if you don’t act quickly. Screeches, grinding, clicking and growling could all be signs of trouble in the brake department. If you hear any of these it’s time
Your brakes don’t just impact the speed of your vehicle, they can also affect the direction that your vehicle is traveling in. If you notice that your vehicle seems to “pull” to the right or left as you press down on your brakes then they probably need to be adjusted. This issue may seem subtle but when you combine brake problems with direction control issues you’re looking at a level of risk that shouldn’t be ignored.
Longer Brake Times
You’ve probably heard about people bragging about how quickly their car can go from “0 to 60” but you should be more concerned about how quickly you can go from “60 to 0.” Even if you are the best driver possible given the uncertainty of life on the road you want brakes that are as responsive as possible. Pay close attention to how quickly your vehicle comes to a stop once you hit the brakes and if you notice that it’s taking longer than it used to then it’s time to get your brakes checked out.
Pay Attention And Act Quickly
When you first get your vehicle you will likely pay attention to every minor issue that arises but with time complacency sets in. It’s human nature but that doesn’t mean that it can’t be dangerous. Missing or ignoring issues with your brakes could lead to anything from costly repairs to serious injuries.
Servicing your brakes can mean a number of different things. The process can be as simple and affordable as replacing brake fluids or as complicated and expensive as replacing the entire system from pads to rotor. The sooner you catch potential problems and take care of them the less serious and expensive they are likely to be so be as vigilant as possible and you will save yourself time, money and stress in the long run.
OakleyNAPA is an independently operated dealer of NAPA, heavy duty and small engine equipment, parts and supplies.
We are also a dealer of Stihl chainsaws and their line of handheld power equipment, Gravely lawnmowers and other yard equipment, Cub Cadet lawnmowers, Ariens mowers and Bennche Side by Side utility task vehicles.
In addition to NAPA’s standard automotive parts, we have much to offer agricultural, heavy duty and industrial customers. We carry products from independent companies, like Trux Accessories‘ lighting and chrome parts for trucks, PAI Industries’catalog and Mahindra tractor parts. OakleyNAPA also makes Gates hoses and Martin Senour paint, making us a one-stop shop for your needs.
We have several trained mechanics on staff to work on any problems you may encounter, from warranty issues to routine maintenance, and carry parts for most yard equipment, including tillers, mowers and chainsaws.
We serve the following Lauderdale County, AL communities, but not limited to:
- St. Florian
- Zip City
Please give us a call today at 256-764-9899, come by and see us at 4990 Highway 157, Florence, Alabama, or fill out our online contact form. Be sure to check out directions to our store. You can also follow us on Facebook. All of us at OakelyNAPA look forward to serving you!