Your car’s brakes are what stop you at the red lights, keep you from rear-ending the car in front of you and stopping your car in time when a child runs out into the street after his ball. It’s true, your brakes are important and you don’t want to take any chances on them. Brake service and repair should be left to a mechanic but there are some things that you can look out for on a daily basis. We have prepared a list of things that you can check on your own.

  • Listen for squealing noises that are high pitched.
  • Notice if it takes longer for you to come to a complete stop.
  • Listen for any grinding sounds when stopping.
  • Feel for vibration in the steering wheel when stopping.
  • Does your pedal travel farther to the floor?
  • Feel for a pull to one side or the other when stopping.
  • Feel for pedal fade.
  • Check for any leaks under your car that may be brake fluid.
  • Finally, if your car doesn’t completely stop any more.

All of these are signs that your car needs brake repair. In many cases, the earlier you catch it, the less expensive the repair may be. Brakes can fail at any time but there are still warnings signs to indicate there may be a problem. Don’t wait for the problem to get worse, bring it in to GIC Car Clinic in San Jose, California right away where one of our mechanics will evaluate your brake system and repair it so that you can drive safely and stop safely.

You should have your brakes checked annually or at least every 15,000 miles to ensure that you won’t have any problems with them. And don’t drive aggressively or stop short so as to overload the braking system. Riding the brake pedal is bad for your brakes also as it will cause them to heat up and wear out the pads prematurely or warp the brake rotors.

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