There are few elements of your car that require regular maintenance that are more important than your brakes. Every time you apply your brake pedal, you get a bit closer to needing new brakes. Signs you need new brakes are fairly universal, however, different cars have different braking systems.
Signs You Need a Brake Check
Two obvious signs you need a brake check are when your brake light is illuminated and when car isn’t stopping as quickly or efficiently as it once did. Here are some other signs that some part of your brakes should at least be checked, if not replaced.
- Unusual sounds when you depress your brake pedal
- Burning smell when braking
- A brake pedal that feels different when pressed
- A car that pulls when the brakes are applied
- Yellow to brown fluid under where your car had been parked
How Often Should You Have Your Brakes Checked?
A good rule of thumb is to have your brakes checked every time you have your tires rotated or about ever 6 months. If you do a lot a stop and go driving, you may want them checked more frequently – perhaps with every oil change. The more frequently you apply your brakes, the faster the components will wear out.
What About My Brake Fluid?
Brake fluid should be a yellowish color. As it ages and becomes dirty, it will turn dark brown to blackish. Although older brake fluid doesn’t usually harm the braking system, it can lead to extended braking time. The key is to check it periodically and ask your mechanic if yours should be flushed and replaced. Low level of brake fluid can harm your system. Make sure yours is always properly filled. If you notice yours frequently needs topping off, you probably have a leak in the braking system somewhere, which should be addressed.
Need a Brake Check or New Brakes?
Contact or come by Oldsmar Automotive at 3166 Tampa Road in Oldsmar. We can flush your brake fluid, replace pads or any other worn parts of your braking system. We’ll help make sure your car’s brakes can stop your vehicle safely and efficiently. Call us today if you would prefer to set an appointment – (727) 784-3501.