Auto Repair

When Do I Need to Have My Brakes Inspected?

The best game plan is to have your brakes inspected every 12,000 miles. If you don’t put 12,000 miles on the odometer in one year, plan to have your brakes inspected once a year. Empire Auto Care advises that the brakes are your vehicle’s most important safety system. If you notice any of the problems listed below, bring your vehicle to our shop right away for a brake inspection.

ABS/Brake Warning Light

Your brake system might tell you there’s a problem by illuminating a light on the dashboard. This light will either be the ABS light or the Brake light. Take this warning seriously, as you do not want to run the risk of losing the ability to stop your automobile.

Changes in Direction

Another sign that your brake system is having problems is changes in your vehicle’s direction when you apply the brakes. If your car, truck, or utility vehicle pulls toward the right or left when you press down on the brake pedal, you have a stuck caliper that needs to be replaced.

Leaking Brake Fluid

You should also schedule a brake inspection if the brake system is leaking fluid. You can tell the brake system is leaking fluid if you see spots on your garage floor behind the wheels. Brake fluid can leak from the master cylinder or the brake lines.

Noises When Braking

Your brakes also need to be inspected if they make noise when you apply them. They shouldn’t grind or squeal. Both of these sounds can indicate that your brake pads need to be replaced. Squealing noises also point to overheating brakes.

Overheating Brakes

Aside from the squealing sounds, you may also smell something hot if your brakes are overheating. Generally, this odor smells like burning chemicals or carpets. Do not drive your automobile if the brakes are overheating. You may be unable to stop your car, truck, or utility vehicle.

Squishy Brake Pedal

A malfunctioning master cylinder can make your brake pedal squishy and soft. Air in the brake lines can also make the brake pedal squishy or soft. If there is a change in your brake pedal’s resistance, schedule a brake inspection as soon as possible.

Wobbling When Braking

Finally, if your automobile wobbles when you apply the brakes, you have uneven rotor surfaces on the rotors. These surfaces get warped because they make contact with the brake pads every time you use your brakes.

Call Empire Auto Care in Ft. Lauderdale, FL, today if it has been more than 12,000 miles or one year since your last brake inspection.

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