August is Brake Safety Awareness Month, and we wanted to provide car owners with some basic information about brake maintenance. Properly maintained brakes are critical to car safety. Brake functionality can be affected by driving conditions, driver habits, quality of brake system materials, and type of vehicle. Driving conditions are unpredictable in many cases, and routine brake maintenance can prevent tragedy. Vehicle brake systems experience normal wear and tear and regular maintenance can assist with addressing problems early.
- All brakes need servicing. Although most people do not think about brake maintenance and servicing, all brakes need to be serviced. Annual inspections can provide the peace of mind that comes with knowing your brakes are working correctly. These inspections can also provide an opportunity to get recommendations on replacement parts if your brakes are beginning to have severe wear and tear.
- Warning signs include strange noises, hard pedal feel, low pedal feel, squealing, vibrations, illuminated dashboard light for brake service, pulsing, and brake grabbing. If you experience any of these warning signs, go directly to a professional that can assess the situation. Waiting for the brakes to be “metal on metal” can lead to tragedy or expensive repair bills (neither are desirable).
- There are four types of brakes: Disc Brakes, Emergency Brakes, Drum Brakes, and Anti-Lock brakes. These brakes have different servicing needs. In addition, it’s important to ensure that any brake parts you have replaced on your vehicle meet OE or OEM standards.
A good auto tech can answer your questions about brakes and ensure that your vehicle is properly maintained. Brake Safety Awareness Month is a great time to get educated on brakes and to have your brakes inspected. To that end, check out Mighty’s consumer education video on “When Should I Have the Brakes Checked?”
Vehicle maintenance doesn’t have to be a mystery, and it doesn’t have to break the bank. Although brake maintenance isn’t often talked about, one of the best things owners can do to keep their vehicles safe is ensuring the brakes are properly maintained.
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