When was the last time you had your brakes checked? During routine auto repair most technicians will inspect your brakes at no charge. However, if the answer is never and you’ve put more than 20,000 miles on your car, it’s likely time to have them looked at. The signs you need your brakes checked should be obvious and include:
- Decreased pressure when you depress your brake pedal
- Squealing or grinding noise when you brake
- Increased stopping distance
- Burning smell or smoke when you brake
- Anytime you notice leaking brake fluid
Of course, there are other signs that aren’t as obvious. If you notice anything abnormal about your car, it’s best to take it to your auto repair technician.
Today’s blog takes a slightly different approach than many of the brake related articles on the internet. We’re going to give you three good reasons to get your brakes checked.
1. Distracted Drivers
There are more distracted drivers on the road than ever before. That means you need to be able to control every aspect of your car, especially its ability to stop quickly. If your brakes aren’t able to stop you in time, you may end up in an accident.
2. Bad Brakes Lead to Expensive and Extensive Repairs
When you properly maintain your brake pads, the rest of the braking system is better protected and requires replacement much less often. Worn brake pads that you neglect may lead to the need to replace your rotors or calipers prematurely, which can be expensive.
3. Negligence Lawsuits
Sadly, too many people look for a way to make some easy money. You can be sued if you knowingly neglect any regular maintenance to your car and are found at-fault in the accident. If you’ve recently had your car looked at and the auto repair technician recommended new brakes and you declined and signed a waiver stating you knew the car was unsafe to drive or even if you just have an estimate in the car, you may find yourself being sued if the other party finds out.
If you don’t have an auto repair technician you trust with your brake inspection, the pros at Oldsmar Automotive can help. We can inspect your brakes, make necessary repairs or replace worn parts and let you know about any other issues we see with you car. Give us a call at 727-784-3501 or bring you car by 3166 Tampa Road in Oldsmar for your brake check.