Your Brakes May Be Trying To Tell You Something
North American Precis Syndicate
Your brakes may be squealing on you. If so, it's safe to say, you should listen to them. (NAPS)
(NAPSI)—If your brakes are trying to tell you something, you should
pay attention. A properly operating brake system helps ensure safe vehicle
control and operation and it should be checked immediately if you suspect any
“While an annual brake inspection is a good way to ensure brake
safety, motorists should not ignore signs that their brakes need attention,”
said Rich White, executive director, Car Care Council. “Knowing the key
warning signs that your brakes may need maintenance will go a long way toward
keeping you and others safe on the road.”
What To Watch Out For
Motorists should look for the following warning signs that their brakes
need to be inspected:
• Noise: screeching,
grinding or clicking noises when applying the brakes.
• Pulling: vehicle pulls
to one side while braking.
• Low Pedal: brake pedal
nearly touches the floor before engaging.
• Hard Pedal: you must
apply extreme pressure to the pedal before brakes engage.
• Grabbing: brakes grab
at the slightest touch to the pedal.
• Vibration: brake pedal
vibrates or pulses, even under normal braking conditions.
• Light: brake light is
illuminated on your vehicle’s dashboard.
Because brakes are a normal wear item on any vehicle, they will eventually
need to be replaced. Factors that can affect brake wear include driving
habits, operating conditions, vehicle type and the quality of the brake
lining material. Be sure to avoid letting brakes get to the metal-to-metal
point as that can mean expensive rotor or drum replacement.
The Car Care Council offers a free custom service schedule and e-mail
reminder service to help car owners remember to have their brakes inspected
and take good care of their vehicles. It’s an easy-to-use resource
designed to help motorists drive smart, save money and make informed
The Car Care Council is also the source of information for the “Be
Car Care Aware” consumer education campaign promoting the benefits of
regular vehicle care, maintenance and repair to consumers.
For a copy of the council’s “Car Care Guide” or for
further information, visit www.carcare.org.
““Knowing the key warning signs that
your brakes may need maintenance will go a long way toward keeping you and
others safe on the road,” said Rich White, executive director, Car Care
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