August is National Brake Safety Awareness Month

 

What?! It’s National Brake Safety Awareness Month? Who knew? Crown Nissan of Greenville would like to remind you of the importance of making sure you have your brakes inspected on a regular basis. Brake inspection is often an overlooked task. We all often focus on having our tires rotated and our oil changed, but ignore our brakes.  We shouldn’t!

You use your brakes all the time, and yes, it’s normal for them to wear and eventually they need to be replaced. There are several factors that affect the way your brakes wear, including your driving habits, operating conditions, vehicle type, and the quality of the brake lining material.  Tip: Do not allow your brakes to get down to the point of “metal-on-metal” contact. It is potentially dangerous!

There are some common warning signs you should look for to find out when your brakes need to be inspected

  • Noise: screeching, grinding or clicking noises when applying the brakes.
  • Pulling: vehicle pulls to one side while braking.
  • Low Pedal: brake pedal nearly touches the floor before engaging.
  • Hard Pedal: must apply extreme pressure to the pedal before brakes engage.
  • Grabbing: brakes grab at the slightest touch to the pedal.
  • Vibration: brake pedal vibrates or pulses, even under normal braking conditions.
  • Light: brake light is illuminated on your vehicle’s dashboard.

 The one thing that makes brake repair so difficult is that there is no defined schedule that informs you of when it’s time to replace your brake pads. The general rule of thumb is to have your brakes inspected every 6 months. However, if it’s been at least 12 months since you’ve had them inspected, you should probably make sure you have them looked at ASAP.

You should never ignore routine brake inspections or repair. Always put your safety first. Make sure you schedule an appointment to have your brakes checked at Crown Nissan of Greenville today.  


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