Checking the brakes on your vehicle is something you should be doing regularly. This way, you can catch problems before they become too complicated. The most you want to have to do is replace the brake pads. Once the brake pads become too worn, it can cause problems with the calipers, which is more expensive to repair. If you are checking your brakes often, though, you should notice signs right away when it's time to change the brake pads. Here are four tips to help you check for this:

  1. Roll Down the Windows and Turn Off the Music: Every once in a while, you want to clearly hear your vehicle braking. This means rolling down the windows and turning off the music so that you can hear the brakes working when you come to a complete stop. Actually, you shouldn't be able to hear the brakes at all. If you hear a squealing, however, this is a sign that the brake pads need to be replaced. 
  2. Check the Tires: Interestingly enough, cleaner tires could indicate that your brake pads are becoming worn. This is because, as the brake pads become worn, there is less dust accumulation when you brake. The dust that accumulates when you brake ultimately ends up on the tires. Of course, you should check the tires once you have new brake pads so that you know what normal dust accumulation looks like. That way you know when the tires are truly considered to be "too clean."
  3. Look at the Brake Pads: Some vehicles allow you to actually physically see the brake pads just by peering underneath your vehicle. If your vehicle is like this, then you can always check the brake pads yourself to determine whether or not they are worn. If they look too thin, then you know you should probably replace them. You can also tell that they are becoming too worn if there is uneven wear. 
  4. Your Car Vibrates When Braking: Although this could be a sign of poor wheel alignment, it's also a common sign for worn brake pads. You should take your vehicle in right away because this usually begins to happen when the brake pads are much too worn and there might be more extensive damage that needs to be addressed. 

​​When you consider these four tips for checking your brakes, you can be sure that you are taking car of one of the most important systems of your vehicle, which is the braking system. Check with a shop like Arringdale's Engine Rebuilding & Auto Repair for more information.

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