For your safety, the experts at Peterson Toyota, our respected Toyota dealer serving Meridian, are here to give you advice on your vehicle’s brakes. It’s extremely important that you make sure your brakes are always working properly, but it’s even more important to make sure they’re in great condition during the snow and icy winter months.
Brake failure is very serious, and if you’ve experienced it before, you know the feeling of terror and fear that it can cause. The best way to ensure your breaks will never fail is routine maintenance, but there are warning signs to watch out for when your breaks are starting to wear down.
Always Check Your Brakes
When your brakes are starting to go, they will start to make noises like squealing, clicking, squeaking and grinding. If you hear your brakes make any of these weird noises, it is very important that you don’t ignore them. Ignoring them can be very dangerous and even fatal for you and others on the road.
One sound in particular that makes it very obvious that your brakes need to be checked is a harsh grinding sound. This means that you have gone all the way through your brake pads and the metal of the calipers is now grinding against the metal of your rotors. This is not only dangerous, but it can cause major damage to your rotors, resulting in more serious and expensive vehicle damage.
Aside from noises, you can also tell if your brakes are failing from physical warning signs. If you start to feel your car move to one side while braking or turning, it can be a sign of something wrong with the braking system, such as a stuck caliper, a collapsed brake hose or uneven braking pads.
Brakes are probably the most important part of your car, and as you can see, it is imperative that you are up-to-date with maintenance and service. If you suspect something might be wrong or you just want to make sure everything is ok, bring your car into Peterson Toyota and our experts can check them for you.
For more information on brake checkups, feel free to browse our website or give us a call at 208-378-9010.
This post was authored by Peterson Toyota.