Are Your Brakes Ready For Your Next Summer Roadtrip?

Published on

July 1, 2019

This is the time to head out on an adventure or just take a quick trip across town. Whether your road trip takes you to the mountains or towing a boat or trailer, you need to know that your brakes will not let you down. Taking the time now to make sure your vehicles brakes are ready for your adventure will let you focus on enjoying the trip.

If you notice that your vehicle starts making abnormal sounds, feelings or smells, that is the best time to start investigating the issue. Waiting to diagnose the problem may only lead to more expensive parts wearing out and requiring replacement. That simple grinding noise that you hear now if left unchecked could lead to damaging your brake rotors and an expensive parts bill.

Pay attention. sounds, smells and sensations signal brake problems:

  • If you hear screeching, grinding, squealing and rubbing sounds, these are common indicators that your brake pads & shoes require inspection. When you hear these noises, a quick brake inspection can tell you if the brakes really need to be replaced, or if they are just ready for cleaning. The hot summer driving conditions can cause your cars brake to create excessive brake dust, which can mimic the sounds of failing brake pads. The only way to verify if you have brake issues is to perform a brake inspection.
  • If you feel a vibration or pulsing feeling in the brake pedal or through your steering wheel your brake system could be telling you something. When your brakes are sending you these signals, they will not get better over time.  Now is a good time to have your brakes inspected by a certified technician to determine what is causing the sensations.
  • If your brake warning light is coming on,  you could have low brake fluid levels in your brake reservoir, or you could have excessive brake pad wear. A quick brake inspection can determine where the culprit is coming from, and recommend the best plan to get you back on the road safely.

If you experience any of these activities with your vehicle, stop by one of our convenient Quality Tune Up locations for a quick brake inspection. Remember to check our website for money saving coupons for your vehicles brake repair.

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