|The typical brake system consists of disk brakes in front and either disk or drum brakes in the rear connected by a system of tubes and hoses that link the brake at each wheel to the master cylinder. Other systems that are connected with the brake system include the parking brakes, power brake booster and the anti-lock system.
Indications Your Brakes Need Service
There are several indicators that will tell you your brakes need to be serviced. Avoid letting your brakes get to the “metal on metal” point, which usually means a more costly repair. View the video to get a better idea of the signs your brakes need repair.
- Brake pedal is spongy or slow to respond
- Hear grinding or constant squealing during braking
- Brake dashboard light glows amber, indicating problems with the anti-lock brake system (ABS)
- Brake dashboard light is red, indicating a problem with your brake system
Click on the red button to view this video on “unusual sounds.”
How Often Are New Brake Pads/Shoes Needed?
Brakes are a normal wear and tear item for any vehicle. How often they need replaced depends on your driving style. Cars that drive in town with more frequent stops will wear brake pads and shoes out much faster than cars that drive primarily on highways. Also the heavier your vehicle, the more braking power it requires to stop.
Benefits of Regular Brake Maintenance
Having your brakes inspected regularly often avoids replacing damaged rotors or drums, which is more expensive than replacing brake pads or shoes. It will also extend the life of the components in your braking system. But more importantly, regular brake maintenance keeps you and your family safe.
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