When Should I Have My Brakes Inspected?
When looking into having your brakes repaired, the cost will depend on what type of brake repair service you are going to need. When driving and you apply your brakes and hear noises such as grinding, screeching or squeaking, you will want to have your brakes inspected immediately.
There are many problems that can be associated with your brakes going bad. You can have worn out calipers, brake drums, brake pads, a bad master brake cylinder, or just a being low on fluid can cause brake issues. Having low fluid in your braking system is an easy fix that most people can solve themselves. Make sure and check your owner’s manual to verify the type of brake fluid that is required. Top off the brake fluid to the suggested level and test the brakes to make sure they are not spongy. If they are spongy this means there is air in the lines and it will need to be bleed out. This should be done by a professional mechanic to assure the job is done correctly. If the brakes do not feel spongy then you are good to go. Check the fluid level periodically to make sure the level stays the same. If it goes down again this will indicate there is a leak in the system.
The most common problem with brakes will be worn out pads or drums. Since your car brakes use friction to stop the car, the pads will wear down over time. If you start to hear squeaking coming from your brakes when you apply them, this is a sign it is time to have them checked. Ignoring squeaking brakes will eventually lead to a grinding noise which means the pads are worn down and the metal in the pads are rubbing on the drum or rotor. By reaching the grinding phase of your brakes has now resulted in a very costly repair. A repair that could have cost around $100.00 has turned into several hundred dollars.