Must-Know Information To Prevent Brake Failure

San Gabriel Auto InsuranceWhile many of us only think about replacing our brakes when our mechanics tell us to or when they start screeching, it is important that you know the signs of brake failure. We understand you may not be a trained mechanic, and that is why we have gathered some must-know information for you:

  • If your dashboard lights up with an antilock brake system (ABS) alert, take your car to a mechanic immediately. You may have a wiring or electrical issue on your hands that needs immediate attention.
  • Any abnormal sound coming from your brakes is worthy of extra caution and attention. Whether you hear a clicking, grinding, screeching, or squealing sound, you should take your car into the mechanic as soon as you can.
  • If your steering wheel tends to shake whenever you touch your brakes, you may have a drum or rotor problem on your hands. These items may need repair or a complete replacement.
  • If you are experiencing a dragging sensation when you accelerate in your car, you may have rust accumulation on your emergency brakes. This means that your emergency brake is technically on, even when you have the lever down.
  • Be sure to take your vehicle to a mechanic if you feel pulling from one side of your car. This can be caused by frozen brakes, misaligned brakes, or leaking fluid on the pads.
  • If you are suddenly needing more space to stop then before, you may need an adjustment. No rush necessary, but take your car to the mechanic as soon as you get the chance.
  • Sometimes our brakes fill with excess air, causing a soft, spongy feel. Your mechanic can relieve the tension easily.

Located in Westminster, California, and serving the San Gabriel area, the insurance experts at Pulp Street Insurance Agency can guide you in all of your insurance endeavors. Contact us today for all of your auto insurance needs.

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