One of the most important parts to keep an eye on is that of your brakes. Therefore, you need to make sure that you are well aware of the signs that indicate that your vehicle is in need of new ones. To help you with that, you will want to review the following signs of trouble.
You Feel Your Vehicle Pulling To The Side
There are a few different reasons as to why a vehicle will pull to one side or the other. If is pulling to the side while you are accelerating, then it is most likely a problem with the alignment. However, if the vehicle is pulling to the side when you are trying to slow down or come to a complete stop, then it is most likely a problem with the brakes. This sometimes happens when the brake pads wear unevenly or start to catch on something in the wheel well.
The Tires Smell When You Get Out After Driving
When you get out of your vehicle and walk past the front of it after driving a little bit, do you catch a whiff of something burning? If so, you will want to get your vehicle to your trusted brake specialist. If you just had brand new brake pads put on, this could simply be the result of a coating on the brake pads wearing off. If this is not the case, the burning smell could be the result of missing brake pads. When the brake pads are worn to the point that they are no longer there or they have broken off in pieces, the metal that held on to them will then be what rubs against the rotors when you are trying to come to a stop.
The Brake Pedal Hits The Floor
There should always be a little bit of resistance when it comes to your brake pedal. If you go to tap on your brakes and you realize that the pedal goes straight to the floor, then you have a serious problem on your hands. You have either lost all of your brake fluid or your brake pads are gone. Either way, you are going to have trouble stopping, which makes your vehicle unsafe.
With those few signs of brake trouble in mind, you should have little problem when it comes to deciding whether it is time to schedule an appointment with a brake specialist (like those at Gordie's).