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How to Tell When It's Time to Get New Brakes

How to Tell When It's Time to Get New Brakes

Your brakes: the unsung heroes of vehicle safety. They operate discreetly, ensuring you and your loved ones stay safe on Canada's roads. Yet, like all heroes, they, too, face wear and tear. Recognizing when your brakes need a hero of their own - a repair or replacement - is crucial.

 

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The Importance of Brake Maintenance

Brakes are your vehicle's lifeline. They are your car's first line of defence against unforeseen obstacles, helping you steer clear of accidents. Overlooking their maintenance is not just about wear and tear; it's about safety. As the old adage goes, "It's better to be safe than sorry." And here at Bennet Dunlop Ford, we echo that sentiment.

 

A well-maintained brake system is not just about avoiding mishaps; it's about the trust you place in your vehicle every time you step in.

 

5 Warning Signs Your Brakes Might Need Attention

The brakes, if treated right, communicate. They send out signs when they need some care. Here are five warning signs every driver should be familiar with:

 

Low Responsiveness or Fading

Feel a spongy brake pedal? Notice a delay when you push it down? It might indicate a brake system leak, either fluid or air. If you see a small puddle under your car after parking, it's a tell-tale sign. Remember, brake fluid resembles fresh motor oil but is less slick.

 

Vibration

A vibrating pedal, similar to the sensation of anti-lock brakes, often signals warped rotors. Such warping often results from prolonged intense braking, especially during tasks like towing or downhill driving.

 

Pulling

Does your car have a mind of its own, pulling to one side when braking? It could be debris in the brake fluid or uneven brake lining wear. The solution might be as simple as a brake adjustment or might require a brake fluid change.

 

Grinding or Growling

Hear a metallic chorus every time you brake? It's likely your brake pads are communicating their worn-out state. This metal-on-metal sound could lead to rotor damage, which might need turning or even a complete replacement.

 

Appearance

A proactive check can save you trouble down the line. Many vehicles allow a peek at the brake rotor through the wheel spokes. If your brake pads seem to have shrunk below 0.25 inches in thickness, it's a sign. Time for a replacement.

 

When in Doubt, Reach Out

Feeling unsure? Noticing one of these symptoms? It's always better to be safe. Our experienced team at Bennet Dunlop Ford is always at your service, ensuring that your brakes are in their best shape, offering peace of mind on every drive.

 

Understanding your vehicle's brakes and their needs is paramount. Your car's safety, your safety, and that of others on the road, hinges on it. Don't wait for an accident to reveal a brake issue. Act on the signs, and always ensure your vehicle's brakes are in optimal condition. And when they call for attention, you know where to find us.

 

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