Check Your Brakes
- Check brake pads: Visually inspect your brake pads through the wheel spokes. If the pad is less than 1/4 inch thick, it’s time to replace it.
- Listen for brake noise: While driving, listen for any screeching, squealing, or grinding noises, which may indicate worn brake pads.
- Check brake fluid level: Open the brake fluid reservoir and make sure the fluid level is at the “full” mark. If it’s low, add brake fluid as necessary.
- Test the brake pedal: Press the brake pedal to see if it feels firm and responsive. If it feels spongy, there may be air in the brake lines or a problem with the braking system.
- Check brake rotors: Look for any grooves or cracks on the rotors. If they are warped or damaged, they may need to be replaced.
- Have a professional inspection: If you are unsure about your brakes, take your vehicle to a mechanic for a professional inspection and repair as needed.
Here are additional details about checking your brakes:
- Check brake pads regularly: Brake pads should be checked every 6,000 to 8,000 miles or as recommended by the manufacturer.
- Use a measuring tool: You can use a ruler or brake gauge to measure the thickness of the brake pads.
- Brake pedal feel: The brake pedal should feel firm and not sink to the floor when you press it. If the pedal feels spongy or sinks, it could indicate a problem with the braking system.
- Check brake fluid: Brake fluid should be checked monthly and topped up as necessary. Use only brake fluid recommended by the manufacturer for your vehicle.
- Check brake rotors: Brake rotors should be checked for any grooves or cracks and replaced if they are damaged.
- Brake noises: Any unusual brake noises, such as grinding or squealing, should be addressed immediately.
- Regular brake maintenance: Regular brake maintenance and inspections can help ensure that your brakes are in good working order and can help prevent dangerous braking failures.
- Professional inspection: If you are unsure about your brakes or notice any problems, take your vehicle to a mechanic for a professional inspection and repair as needed.