One thing every driver worries about is potential mechanical failures while on the road. Failing brakes might just be the worst breakdown scenario. However, there are some signs that can clue you into brake troubles. That way, you can avoid having them give out on you when driving…
Failing Brakes: Why It Happens
How brakes work
To better understand failing brakes, it helps to better know how exactly your car’s brakes work. After all, the energy you use pressing the brake pedal certainly isn’t enough to stop an RC car, let alone your real one. It’s the chain reaction that your energy creates, however, which does most of the work.
Once you press the brake pedal, you also start sending fluid to your brakes. Then, the brake mechanism takes your original energy, and multiplies it onto the fluid based on how hard you pressed the pedal. Your brake pads then attach to the tires, and the friction that creates will cause your car to slow down, and eventually stop.
With how many moving parts your brakes have, it’s easy to see why failing brakes can occur. However, that also means there can be a wide variety of issues which can impact your brakes. Still, there are some indicators to watch for that can help clue you in on any potential issues.
Of course, if brake-related lights start popping up on the dashboard (like your ABS lights), then you know right away something isn’t right. Squeaky brakes also indicate that things have may have become worn down or loose. Watch your stopping distance as well. Feeling like your car is taking longer to slow down can mean your brakes are giving way.
What to do
It’s important to take action against failing brakes very quickly. Make sure to have a mechanic check your brakes once you notice something is wrong. Doing so can catch and fix any problems before they become worse and lead to brake failure.
It also helps to take some preventative maintenance as well. Most car manuals will state how often you should have your brakes checked. Doing some regular maintenance and inspections can also help spot potential issues before they form in the first place.