Brakes are your car’s most important safety system. Having that little pedal in easy reach allows you to forget that you’re steering a giant hunk of metal through space at breakneck speeds and enjoy all of the little features that go into the modern car. Here’s what you need to know about getting them checked.
What kind of maintenance do my brakes need?
Your brakes are actually designed to wear out. The good news is that this is not a rapid process; your brakes won’t need replacement every some-thousand miles or even every year—though you should get them thoroughly inspected every six months or a year. However, it is important to pay attention to how they’re functioning to make sure that everything is going the way it should be. Here are a few key things to pay attention to when it comes to your breaks.
- Your brake light: While this one might seem obvious, most of us are guilty of ignoring a service light that comes on in the car every once in a while. This cannot be done when it comes to your brakes. If that light comes on, visit the mechanic straightaway.
- Weird noises: Squealing? Grinding? Squeaking? If you’re noticing a strange sound when you brake or turn, roll on into the mechanic’s. Sounds like these could indicate that your brake pads are worn out, and when that’s the case your rotors are next to go.
- Changes in your brake pedal: Whether it’s taking too long to respond or suddenly responding super quickly, changes in your brake pedal’s sensitivity and steadiness should be checked out. Even if something new only seems to happen occasionally or only happens once, get it looked at—you wouldn’t want that one time to happen on the highway or when approaching a crosswalk with a pedestrian in it.
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Brakes doing something funky? Come see us at Lexington Toyota. Our service center is here and ready to help. Plus, if you’re looking for a car with some superb safety features, our inventory of Toyotas is here to test drive!