There's nothing like the peace of mind of knowing your brakes will be there when you need them. That's why it's important to have your brakes professionally inspected every six month and your brake fluid changed every two to three years. Here are some things to watch out for.
Listen to your brakes. Squealing or grinding noises are signs that your brake pads are wearing thin.
Don't ignore your antilock brake system (ABS) light when it pops up on your dashboard. It could mean there's a wiring or electrical problem.
Brake pulsation when coming to a sudden stop or after applying the brakes for a long time typically means the rotors are warped, which can be corrected by putting them on a lathe and machining them smooth.
Be wary of excess drag while you accelerate. Rust may have built up on your emergency brakes, which leaves them "on" even when the lever's down.
When your car pulls to the side, you have frozen brakes, brakes that are out of alignment, or fluid leaking on the brake pads or shoes.
When your car takes longer to stop than you're used to, you may need a brake adjustment, new brake linings, or a replacement power booster.
If your brake pedal seems soft or spongy, there may be excess air in the brakes. Your mechanic can release the air through "brake bleeding."
If any of the above sounds like your own car, now is the time to call Vic's Auto Center for an appointment.
Vic's Auto Center
15880 Boones Ferry Rd.
Lake Oswego, OR 97035