The Top 10 Signs You Need to Replace Your Car BrakesWhether you are driving your Ford on the back roads of Oklahoma, sitting in traffic on your way to the office, or simply teaching your youngest son the art of a standard transmission, there are several signs that your brakes might need to be repaired or replaced. It is common knowledge that the various components of a car or truck’s brakes will wear over time; however knowing the signs of brake wear and tear can help to keep you safe.

Top 10 Signs You Need to Hire Professional Mechanics to Replace Brakes or Conduct a Repair

If you encounter any of the following signs, then it is time to take your car or truck down to RC Auto Specialists.

  1. High-pitched squealing. — For some people, the sound of squealing bakes is akin to nails on a chalk board. If your brakes have begun to squeal, it is time for a much needed brake repair job.
  2. Vibration in the steering wheel when you are trying to stop. — A vibration in the steering wheel could mean that the brakes are wearing unevenly, that the pad is almost worn through, or that the rotors are slightly off.
  3. Grinding noises when you are trying to stop. — This type of noise usually indicates that one or more brake parts need to be repaired or replaced.
  4. Increased braking distances. — If you notice that it takes longer to stop, don’t wait! Get your brakes checked today!
  5. Longer pedal travel. — If your pedal has begun to slip, then you are putting yourself (and the other drivers in danger). Take your Ford to RC Auto Specialists to have your brakes repaired today!
  6. Feeling the car “pull” to the left or right when stopping. — A pull in the steering of your car could indicate that your brakes are malfunctioning.
  7. A weak emergency brake. — As the name implies, an emergency brake is needed in case of emergency (or when you are simply parking on a particularly steep incline). If the brake isn’t working, it’s time to get a replacement.
  8. A bad smell after coming to a hard stop. — When the smell of burning reaches your nose, it’s time to take your car or truck in for a brake repair.
  9. Pedal “fade.” — This is caused by overheating brake fluid and should be resolved immediately.
  10. Not stopping. — Finally, if your car or truck relies on the emergency brake to safely stop (even when traveling at a slow crawl), it is time for you to replace your brakes.

Don’t Wait: Take Your Car in For a Brake Repair Today!

Did you know that neglecting your braking system can have several negative effects? From increased costs to dangerous driving conditions, the following list will show why your car or truck brakes need to be properly maintained by a team of expert mechanics.

Neglecting your braking system can lead to:

  • Increased risk of a car accident due to faulty brakes.
  • Increased repair costs.
  • Wear and tear on other parts of your car.
  • Dangerous driving conditions (especially during inclement weather).
  • Annoying sounds and noises, such as: high-pitched squealing, burning smells, or grinding noises when you step on the brake pedal.
  • Damaged rotor (this can occur when the brake pad wears down to less than a 1/4 inch).

In conclusion, if you think that your car or truck needs to have brake repair work conducted, bring it down to RC Auto Specialists. Their team of mechanics will repair or replace brakes to ensure that your car or truck can safely and smoothly glide to a stop. Keeping up with brake maintenance, paying attention to the top 10 signs of brake wear and tear, and choosing to work with a team of professionals will help to keep you safe on the roads of Tulsa, Oklahoma. Call us today!