Why you Should have the Brakes Inspected
It is important to bring your vehicle in for regular maintenance inspections. By doing so, we can inspect the parts and components of the vehicle. If you are not sure how often to bring the vehicle in, make sure to contact us and we can advise you on the correct schedule. Between visits you should also be aware of anything out of the norm with the vehicle. If there is an issue with the vehicle, make sure to schedule an appointment to bring it in as soon as possible. You can also check the parts yourself, like the tires, fluid levels, and the brakes. If you start hearing unusual noises with the brakes like grinding or squealing, it can indicate that the brake rotors are starting to wear. Any noise that continues for a length of time should be inspected, so make sure to schedule an appointment so we can inspect them for you.
The brake light on the dashboard may come on. This typically means the fluid in the reservoir is running low, which can be caused by brakes that are not adjusted properly. Another reason for any low fluid can be if there is a leak anywhere in the brake system. If you notice the light blinks, make sure to pull over and shut off your car when it is safe to do so. This will help prevent further issues from happening with your vehicle. If you ignore an issue, you will be doing more damage to the vehicle, as well as a costly repair bill.
One way to tell if there is an issue with the brake system is by noticing the automatic brake system. The ABS module controls the anti-lock brake system, which is one of the many computer systems in your vehicle. When the ABS light comes on, it is an indication that there is a malfunction somewhere in the ABS system. A diagnostics will be needed in order to determine why the light is on, and what should be done to correct the issue. When the ABS light is on, the system is disabled. The brakes will perform as normal, but the ABS will not function if needed, so it is important to have the issue fixed as soon as possible.
You might also see an excessive amount of brake dust on the wheels over time. When this happens, it can be caused from the brakes not releasing properly and remaining engaged as you let off the brake pedal. Ignoring the issue can make the brakes worse over time, so make sure to schedule an appointment so we can inspect the brakes, rotors, pad, and system for you. By having a vehicle well maintained, you can help to have a safe and reliable ride.