Driving around with worn out brakes is a dangerous practice. Make sure you can stop when you need to stop by checking your brakes yourself from time to time. Most drivers figure out their brakes need replacing far after they needed replacing. Not being able to stop is the end of the road for the entire brake system.

How to Check Your Brakes

One simple check is to look. If you have the spoke type of wheels, just look in there. You should be able to see the brake pad. A good pad will have ¼” or more of thickness. If it has less than that you should bring them in to A1 Performance Auto Repair to have them inspected. Our mechanic will let you know if it is time to replace them.

The high pitched squeal is an indicator letting you know it is time to take your car in to be inspected. Sometimes, inexpensive brake pads will make this squeal from the day they are installed. So, if they have always done that then it is probably just the brake pads. If you start hearing the sound suddenly and even when the windows are rolled up, it is time to get them checked.

When the brake pedal goes a lot closer to the floor than it used to, you’ll need to see a mechanic right away. There could be a lot more wrong than just brake pads. The longer you wait for repair, the more expensive it will get.

Brakes that are less responsive than they used to be could indicate a leak in the system. Look at your brake fluid to make sure it is as full as it should be. If that is normal then have our mechanic inspect your system. It could be one of several different things making that happen.

How to check your brakes is an easy thing to do. If you don’t do it, have A1 Performance Auto Repair check them once per year.

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