There are many drivers out there who do not know that they should or simply choose not to take the warning lights on their dashboards seriously. They may think that "check engine" can be put off or th...
There are many drivers out there who do not know that they should or simply choose not to take the warning lights on their dashboards seriously. They may think that "check engine" can be put off or that a low fluid light can be postponed. While these choices to hope for the best and just keep driving do not always end in catastrophe they are nonetheless not safe. One alert that should never be ignored is if the vehicle says that the stopping system is in need of attention. Immediately when this indicator comes on it is critical to go to the shop as soon as possible. A catastrophic failure could result if this issue is left unresolved. Brake repair is incredibly important for the safety of not only the person operating the vehicle but also for those who are riding along and for other people on the street.
Even in situations where perhaps it is not clear a warning light indicates that brake repair it is still critical to get things checked out. Any sort of strange behavior or lack of stopping ability should be investigated. If when the pedal is applied the vehicle pulls to one side or the other or if upon depression the pedal feels squishy or things don't engage immediately talk to a mechanic and see if there is something that needs to be fixed. For the most part pads and calipers should last for at least a few years. For some people who only put mild wear on their car it is possible that these parts will last for over five years. Regardless of how long they last it is important to have them replaced when they stop working. These things need to operate at the highest and best possible capacity at all times or else there is a real risk of something dangerous happening.
One of the things that people do not frequently consider about brake repair is the need for fluid change and refills. The pedal engages the pads against the rotors by the application of pressure from a hydraulic system. This fluid needs to be clean and full or else it will not do an adequate job of making the system work. This is how people will sometimes find squishiness or delay in their car stopping when they apply the pedal. This is very unsafe because it means that even with good reaction time it is possible that there will not be enough time to stop and prevent a collision or other accident. This liquid degrades and gets contaminated over time and that means that it becomes less effective the longer it is in the system.
Be sure to talk to a mechanic about brake repair and for fluid replacement and recommendations. There are several grades, from 1 to 5, that each provide their own benefits and drawbacks. Only a professional will know for sure the best for the type of driving that you do and the needs of the vehicle. When in doubt also be sure to check the owner's manual for manufacturer suggested materials.