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Maintenance guide - How do I know If the car needs new Brakes?

Snapshot: We explain you how to read the signs when your car's brakes are about to give up.

Brakes are something that one misses out, but the car brakes should always be in top working condition. Chances are that when the brake warning light comes on, you will take note that your car's brake are due for replacement or there is some problem with the braking system that needs your attention. If the brakes are in faulty condition, it can lead to serious accidents, injuring the occupants and other road users, and in extreme cases, could even lead to fatality. There are different ways of checking the brakes. We tell you when you require new brakes.

First check the wear and tear of the brake by looking at the brake pads through the spaces between the wheel's spoke. Check if the outside pad is pressed against a metal rotor or not. There should be at least 1/4 inch of pad. If it is less than 1/4 then your brakes need inspection or replacement.

There are many ways you can tell if your car's brakes need to be repaired or replaced. Signs like pulling or shaking when trying to stop or slow down, dragging to one side, pedal vibration, a soft pedal, when we apply the brakes indicate that there is a problem with the car's stopping mechanism. If there is any high screeching sound when applying the brakes, it's a small metal shim indicator, which gives you an audible warning that it's time to replace the pads.

However, if the car has been exposed to heavy moisture for a sustained period, a thin film of rust forms on the rotors that results in screeching sound under braking. But, it should stop within a few hundred metres. Brake rotors, callipers and brake lines should also be checked regularly. By keeping your brakes properly calibrated and in good working order, you can prevent costly repairs, and more importantly, avoid accidents and trouble.

There's no specific time frame or guideline that tells us when the brakes need replacement. Brake wear is determined by a number of factors, such as the weight of the vehicle, the age of the vehicle, driving style, etc. As a rule, the front brakes usually need to be replaced before the rear ones, because the front brakes take more of the braking load.

In case the brake fluid is leaking, the cause should be immediately investigated and the problem should be addressed. You should also check the level of the brake fluid regularly.

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