How you know you need to replace your car brakes

When you take your car for a service, one of your top priorities should be the brakes.

One of the more important safety features of your car is the brakes.

Fortunately, there are often visible signs to alert you that it is time to have your brakes serviced or changed.

Most car maintenance plans offer wear-and-tear components like brake pads. The brake inspection and fluid top-off are covered by service plans, but wear-and-tear component replacement is not.

Compared with a service plan, a maintenance plan is more comprehensive. It pays for labour and material costs to maintain a car and replaces wear-and-tear items like wiper blades, fuses, globes, clutches, gearboxes, electrical parts, batteries, etc.

These plans benefit vehicles with higher mileage and pricey cars with a reputation for expensive parts.

The top three signs that it’s time to replace your brakes:

When you stop, the car shakes

This could be a sign that the rear brakes need repair. Applying light pressure to the emergency brake can usually reveal if the problem is with your back brakes or not.

For your safety, get the brakes inspected by an expert if your car shakes when you stop.

When you stop, the car makes a noise

This is an obvious sign that your brakes need replacing. Most brake pads have a wear indicator, and that makes the noise. The first warning squeal means you have enough time to get to a mechanic safely.

The steering wheel shakes when applying pressure on the brakes

Another sign that your brakes need maintenance or have worn out. When there is a problem with the brakes, most cars do this. Bent front rotors cause the steering wheel to tremble. It is often a sign that brake servicing is necessary and not replacement. Simply have the pads cleaned. But if rust is the cause, you might need a brake replacement.

• Information from MotorHappy

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