Have you noticed more vehicles on the road in the last few months? People are itching to get out and explore new roads, as well as familiar roads this summer and into fall.
While you may be ready for your next road trip, is your vehicle just as prepared for the journey? It is absolutely essential for your brakes to be in good working condition while on the road. Your brakes keep you safe while traveling, and nonfunctioning brakes will not end well for you or your vehicle.
Brake pads should be replaced every 40,000-50,000 miles. But if you don’t know the last time your brake pads were replaced, look out for these warning signs:
One of the first signs of worn out brakes comes when you hear a squeaking or grinding sound while applying pressure to the brakes. Don’t dismiss this sound. This is an indication that if you don’t get your brake pads examined or replaced soon, you’ll be in danger on the road.
Vibrations can occur while braking on poor road conditions such as snow or ice, but if you notice your vehicle vibrating while coming to a stop on completely smooth roads, it could be time to upgrade your braking pads.
Find yourself having to brake further and further away from that stop sign on your commute to work? This is another sign your brake pads need attention. It could be that your brake fluid is low (potentially due to a leak) or that your brake pads are worn down and need to be replaced.
When any warning light in your vehicle comes on, it’s definitely time to schedule a service appointment. However, keep in mind that the warning light won’t always come on if there is a problem with your brake system. This is why regular maintenance appointments are necessary so that the experts are able to check in on your brake pads.
Consider our “The Works” package a much-needed spa day for your vehicle. During this auto service in Brookings, you’ll get:
Don’t hesitate to get your vehicle inspected soon, and save on “The Works” package while you’re at it. And remember, we work on all makes and models!