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Putting the Stop to Your Brakes   

Do you drive more than a half an hour to work each day? Do you travel with children in the car often? If you can rack up the miles on your car, you need to pay particular attention to your brakes so that you don’t end up in an accident or cause an accident when your brakes fail.  When you press on the brake and feel that something is different, that is the first warning sign that something is wrong with your brake system.  So let’s talk a little bit more about your brakes and how to determine if something is wrong. 

There are all types of brakes used on all types of cars. Different carmakers have their own designs and features for their types of cars, refer to your car owners manual if there is any doubt whether your breaking system is working properly. The type of brake that your vehicle has also depends on how old it is.  If you don’t feel comfortable in changing the brakes in your vehicle there are a variety of dealers, garages, and mechanics that are available to through out the country to help you change your brakes.  

Possible problems with your brakes can be felt when you are driving no matter what speed you might be traveling.  Here are some of the most well known braking problems that exist. 

 If you step on the brake, and you here a high pitch noise, your brakes most likely need changed.  The high-pitched screeching noise is the metal scraping on your rotors, which is an automatic indicator that your brakes are low.  If you allow this screeching noise to continue too long, you may also need to replace the rotors that the brakes grab onto to stop the car.   

One other time that you hear this high screeching noise is sometimes when new brakes are installed.  The type of brake that is put on sometimes has to get a little ‘worn in’ before the noise ‘goes away’ but often this doesn’t take more than a day or two to disappear.   

If you have really soft squishy brakes, and when you step on the pedal it doesn’t spring back up – the answer is often that you are low on brake fluid.  A bottle of break fluid only costs a couple of dollars and you can find container under the hood of you car, marked brake fluid only.  If this solves the problem for a short time, and then the squishy brake problem appears again, you may have a brake line that is leaking and you most likely will need to consult with a mechanic or you can consult another article ‘How to change the brake lines’ that you can find in an automobile manual for your car.  

If your vehicles braking system is not working correctly, or not even one half as much as you know it should, you should not be driving the vehicle.  You will need to fix the brakes before driving it again to avoid having an accident because you can’t stop the car properly. 


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