Make Brake Repairs a Priority
With the current state of the economy, many people don't have money saved up for emergency car repairs, and they let small problems with their vehicles become big problems. While a small crack in your windshield that progresses to a larger crack is a problem that may be able to wait, a problem with your brakes, even a small one, is not something that can be put off. Each time you drive a vehicle with brakes that are not functioning properly, you put yourself and everyone you encounter on the road in danger. Not being able to slow down or stop when you need to could prove to be fatal, which is why you need to make brake repairs a priority when you first notice signs of a problem.
The most common types of brake repairs are brake pad replacements. A disc brake system involves the use of calipers that grip the brake rotors in order to stop the vehicle. Pads provide a cushion for the process, which reduces wear and tear on the rotors. If you notice changes in the amount of pressure required to slow down or stop, your pads are likely worn out. A slight vibration may also be noticeable. You may also hear squeaking or a squealing noise when you apply the brakes. All of these are signs that your brake pads need replacing, so you should make an appointment right away to have them checked and replaced if necessary.
If you don't maintain your brake pads, you will wear out your rotors more quickly. Worn rotors can significantly affect your ability to slow down or stop when you need to. It may feel as if you are pumping your brakes when trying to slow down, due to air in your brake system as a result of worn rotors. In addition, worn rotors can affect your ability to maintain control of your vehicle. The rotors become warped because they don't wear evenly when the pads are worn, and this affects your entire suspension system.
Your steering wheel may vibrate so vigorously that you can lose your grip on the wheel, or your steering can be affected by the vibrations. Braking when you are driving fast can also be affected by shaking and shuddering of the suspension, which could put you at risk of having an accident. Replacing rotors is one of more expensive types of brake repairs, and maintaining your brake pads will help prevent premature wear on rotors.
Your brake fluid is part of a hydraulic system that causes compression of the fluid when you apply your brakes, which allows the calipers, with the aid of the brake pads, grip the rotor to slow down your vehicle. A similar system is utilized in the case of drum brakes, in which the fluid compresses to allow the brake shoe to press against the brake drum, slowing down your vehicle.
Moisture can get into your brake lines, and the water, unlike brake fluid, becomes steamy when heated. The steam does not work as well for compression as the brake fluid, which can affect your braking performance. Brake fluid flushing is one of the other necessary types of brake repairs that keep your system working at optimal levels.