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Signs you need to change your brakes

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From 2017 to 2018, the main cause of road accidents in Singapore is alcohol consumption. But other than drunk driving, accidents can also happen due to speeding, failure to have proper control, and driving in a poorly maintained vehicle.

A poorly maintained vehicle can pose multiple challenges not only to the driver but also to everyone else on the road. Therefore, before you get on the road, it is crucial to check your lights, adjust your mirrors, and most importantly, test your brakes.

Signs you need to change your brakes

Like any other part of the car, the brakes also have a lifespan. And bad brakes are extremely dangerous—imagine skidding your car during heavy rain because for no reason at all, your brakes do not work!

Well, let us let you in on a little secret… It is very rare for brakes to suddenly and randomly fail. Brake failures happen for a reason. And most of the time, you can detect signs of bad brakes even before the brakes fail you. Let’s find out these signs...

1) Squealing and screeching sounds

If you ever hear a screeching noise coming from your brakes, that could either be a pebble or debris lodged in your brakes, rust or a sign that your brake pads are wearing out. But regardless of the reason, the minute you hear this sound, you must make an appointment for an inspection or call a mechanic.

2) Poor performance

Another sign that you can refer to when determining whether or not you need to change your brakes is to see how well your brakes are working. If you need to push the brake pedals all the way to the floor to stop the car, or the brakes are not stopping fast enough, that could be an indication that there is a leak in your brake system. And this means you need to change them.

3) Thin brake pads

If you don’t want to wait until your brake lets out a sharp shrill cry, you can also do a visual inspection to spot thin brake pads. You can do this by looking in between the spokes in your wheel. If the metal plate appears to be less than 6.35 mm thick, then it may be time for you to change your brakes.

4) Wobbling or vibration when braking

Does your steering wheel or car vibrate when you push the brake pedal? If they do, that could mean that the thickness of your rotor is uneven. Brake rotors are large discs inside the wheels that stop your wheels from spinning upon braking. Over time, the brake rotors may wear down or warp and cause your car to vibrate or wobble when braking.

5) Warning lights

Last but not least, the most obvious indicator of a failing brake system is the warning lights. If you see the brake light indicator appearing on your dashboard, it means you need to schedule a car maintenance service soon.

If you have experienced, heard or felt any of the signs mentioned above, chances are, your brakes need fixing. Book an appointment with us now and let our professionals inspect the brakes and other parts of your car to ensure that your car is fit for the road.