A Brake Inspection Could Save Your Family’s Life

May 17th, 2013 by

Brake RepairsYears ago, I was taking a trip to New York City during a hot summer’s day. Driving along with the rush hour commute on I-87, I noticed traffic had come to a near halt ahead of me. Instinctively, I hit the brakes, just like I had done thousands of times before. Except this time, I noticed that I was taking much longer to stop, much longer. Still traveling at a frightening 40 mph, I wove through the stopped traffic, barely missing several vehicles, before I was finally able to get over to the shoulder. After checking that the car was okay, I began the rest of my trip into the city, albeit much more slowly.

Don’t Forget Your Regular Brake Inspection

The next day, I brought my car to a midtown mechanic, who, for what I considered a dishonest price, told me my brake pads had long ago worn down and my calipers were now grinding on my wheel rotors. The lack of pads and friction accounted for not being able to stop nearly as quickly as I wanted to.

That evening, I went back to my vehicle’s manual and realized that I had completely bypassed my recommended brake inspection by quite a bit. While there really would have been no good circumstance to catch this problem in, I was glad that I had now had it fixed.

Brakes Are Your Most Important Safety Feature

Your brakes are unarguably your vehicle’s first and most important safety system. Bad brakes mean a lack of control, putting you in a position of extreme danger to you and everyone else on the road. If you can’t remember the last time you’ve had your brakes checked it’s extremely important you do it soon. Possible signs to look for include squealing when you hit the brakes and black smoke from the wheel wheels.

Your brake pads aren’t the only way your brakes can fail you, though. You brakes operate on hydraulic pressure, and a loss of this pressure means that you won’t be able to operate your brakes effectively, or even at all. Pushing the brake pedal and feeling little to no resistance means that there is a problem and you should get it checked out immediately.

Come to Silko Honda for Your Brake Inspection

If you’re overdue for a brake check or are experiencing problems, feel free to give Silko Honda a call. Our team is here to help you keep your vehicle running smoothly and safely.