Troubleshooting your car’s braking system is not always easy to do.If you drive in heavy traffic or put a lot of kilometer on your vehicle each year, it’s good to know when your brakes will need a check-up.But anytime you notice something irregular about your brakes, it’s a good idea to have them checked out.
Keep an eye out for specific signs your brakes need to be checked. These include:
- High-pitched squealing when braking or stopping.
- Steering wheel vibration when slowing or stopping.
- Metal on metal grinding sounds.
- Slower stopping time or more effort on the brake pedal.
- Pulling to one side when braking or stopping.
- A foul smell when applying the brakes.
- A low or spongy pedal can mean that there’s air in the hydraulic system.
Take your car in for a brake check if you hear, see, or smell any of the above. The worst sign of all is not being able to stop, which you should avoid at all costs.
Keeping tires in the best possible shape can save you money and prevent dangerous driving situations.It’s important to know how and when to check on the health of your tires.
Tire Pressure: Underinflated tires can decrease fuel efficiency and increase risk of damage or blow out.
Tread: Tread is what keeps your car on the road. Worn tires can slip, especially on wet or icy roads
Rotation:Rotating your tires maintains fuel efficiency and prevents irregular wear and tear.
Balance & alignment: Balancing tires helps keep them from wearing out early. Proper alignment will prevent your vehicle from pulling to one side.
Brake fluid:Brake fluid is hygroscopic. This means it is adept at attracting moisture. Moisture causes components to corrode and fail. Replace fluid and bleed system once a year.