Whether it’s air, sea or road travel we’re talking about, we can all agree on one thing: the vehicle’s ability to slow down and stop is among the most important safety features. The brakes are just as important as the accelerator – just as planes need heavy-duty brakes to stop after landing, cars need high-functioning brakes to… well, to be remotely safe for human travel! Yep, brake repairs or replacement should be a top vehicle maintenance priority. But how do you know when it’s needed?
Here are some common signs of brake issues that are easy to identify, and definitely shouldn’t be ignored!
Signs of brake problems
Burning smell while driving
If you’re smelling something like burnt rubber or smoke – and especially if you see fumes – it’s likely your brakes are overheated. This is an urgent issue and could mean driving any further is unsafe, so call NRMA or your state’s equivalent roadside assistance service and arrange brake repairs before continuing.
Metallic scratching or grinding sounds
The sound of bad brakes can vary from faint scratching to loud metalling clanging. If you’re hearing something like that when you brake, it’s time to see a mechanic for a brake checkup and repair.
Pulling to one side or vibrating while braking
A vehicle pulling to one side when the brakes are applied often indicates one side has worn down – and the other won’t be far behind it. Similarly, if you feel vibration upon braking, something is off and the brakes need your (and your mechanic’s) immediate attention.
Slower braking time
If your car takes a little longer to come to a stop than it usually does, it’s time to get your brakes checked and arrange brake repairs. It may not feel urgent, but could be the difference between a smooth drive home and a prang (or worse!) in traffic.
If you notice any of the above on your next drive, we’ve got you covered: come in and see a brakes specialist at your local Express Lube and one of our friendly mechanics will have you back on the road in no time.
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With close to half of Australia’s population currently in lockdown while authorities work to contain current Covid-19 outbreaks, it may seem like the whole state has come to a standstill. During this time, it’s important that we all do our part to keep ourselves and others safe.
As an essential service, Express Lube remains open, and we currently have strict Covid practices in place to ensure the safety of our community. If you have any questions or concerns, please call your local store and our friendly staff will be happy to assist and inform.