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Top Five Reasons to Have Your Brakes Inspected

You may not think about your brakes often, only when you press the pedal to avoid a vehicle or a pedestrian who steps out into the road. Nevertheless, they are working hard to keep you and those around you safe every time you get in the car. Even though brakes alone stand between you and calamity, many drivers don't think about having them inspected on a regular basis. Here are five reasons you should:

1. Your Brake Light is On.

If the brake lights up on your instrument panel, contact Jody's Automotive immediately to schedule an inspection. There are several potential issues. For instance, it may be warning you the brake fluid is low. It could also indicate a significant component like the brake sensor is malfunctioning. It is difficult to determine exactly what caused it to come on if you don't have the brakes inspected.

2. Your Brake Pedal Feels Weird.

If you find yourself in a situation where your brake pedal goes straight to the floor when you press it, that is a serious and dangerous issue you should have addressed immediately. 

Other issues such as the brake pedal feeling stiff or loose, your vehicle pulling to one side every time you hit the brakes, the brakes grabbing, vibrating, or grinding even if you slight pressure should prompt you to have the system inspected as soon as possible. 

If you notice any unusual behavior when you apply the brakes, your safety, and that of others on the road, is at stake; therefore, it is imperative you bring your car to us asap.

3. You Care About Your Car.

Your car is important to you for a number of reasons, from driving to work to transporting your family and friends around the Jonesville area. Having brakes inspected regularly is a great way to show how much you care about your car.

Generally, it is wise and convenient to have your brakes inspected whenever your oil changed. This will help determine if there are already potential issues before they require more significant repairs. This will help you save money and ensure your vehicle is as safe as possible. Allowing an issue with your brakes to fester will only make the repairs costlier and the potential for danger higher.

4. You Care About Other Drivers.

Driving on the road is an experience we share with others; therefore, having your brakes inspected regularly helps you ensure your vehicle is as safe as possible for everyone around you. Automotive experts often consider brakes to be a vehicle's most critical safety system, so making certain they are functioning properly is vital for keeping other people on the road safe. No one wants to be the cause of an accident because their vehicle couldn't stop fast enough.

5. Winter Is Never That Far Away.

What does impending winter have to do with brakes? Though North Carolina doesn’t experience snow as often as northern states, we see an average of up to five inches of snow each year in the Jonesville area. If you have lived in this area for long, you know that driving on snow is one challenge, but snowmelt and the ensuing black ice resulting from refreezing is often the most dangerous winter weather driving condition. If your vehicle is not ready to stop, winter can be troublesome.

During an inspection, your mechanic will check the entire braking system, including:

  • Brake fluid
  • Brake lines and hoses
  • Brake assemblies (disc or drum),
  • Brake pedal function
  • Brake pedal height (the distance between the pedal to the floor when at rest)
  • Brake pedal feel (soft, squishy, too stiff)
  • Brake pedal hoses for signs of moisture 

A thorough inspection will determine if there are any problems with your brakes, so you can drive with confidence moving and stopping. Schedule a brake inspection today with Jody's Automotive. We are here to help make sure you are driving safely.

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