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Signs of Brake Failure

If you have ever been in a vehicle when its brakes fail, you know how terrifying that experience can be. We put a lot of faith in our brake systems and expect them to work properly every time we need them. However, sometimes they don’t. When this happens the result can be anything from a good scare to a serious collision. Most often there are signs you can watch out for in order to have the proper repairs made to your car and prevent brake failure.

Every once in a while it is a good idea to turn the radio off and just listen to your vehicle. While it can’t speak to you directly, it can still let you know if something is wrong. If you hear any kind of strange sound when you brake, such as squealing, clicking, or grinding, it would be a good idea to have your brakes checked by a professional. It might be something small like just having to have the brake pads replaced, or it could be a more serious issue with the system itself. When in doubt, it doesn’t hurt just to have it checked.

When you’re driving, there is a lot of ‘feeling’ involved. You feel your car accelerate, decelerate, and if you have a standard, you can feel when you need to shift gears. If you pay attention to how your car feels you might be able to catch a brake issue before it is serious. If your wheel shakes when you brake, if it feels like it is pulling to one side or the other, or if you feel like your acceleration or deceleration isn’t like it used to be, have it checked. These could be signs of any number of issues that can lead to failure and serious injury.

However, sometimes you pay attention and have the repairs made but brake failure still occurs. According to the website of Pohl & Berk, sometimes it is not your fault but rather the manufacturer of either your car or the brake system. Every so often there are defects that can result in brake failure despite your dutiful care. Thankfully, these are small in number. If you pay attention to your brakes and have repairs made when necessary, you do not need to fear brake failure.

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