Whether they’re slipping, squealing or making a grinding noise, your brakes are in bad shape and you know it. But the car still drives and stops, so the brakes can’t be that bad, right?
Guess again. You can procrastinate with yard work or projects around the house, but when you procrastinate having work done to your brakes, you’re just asking for trouble. Below we’ve listed some of the biggest risks of driving on bad brakes.
#1: You put your life in danger
All things aside, driving on faulty brakes puts you and others at a much greater risk of being involved in an accident. Putting off brake repairs just isn’t worth risking your health and happiness.
#2: You can cause further damage to the brake system
Worn down brake pads can lead to further damage of certain components of the brake system, such as the rotors and calipers. Putting off a relatively inexpensive repair like brake pad replacement can actually cost you hundreds more in brake repairs than you would have paid if you had your brakes fixed immediately.
The good news here is that your brakes are designed with a metal indicator. When your brakes are worn down and need to be replaced, you’ll hear the metal indicator scratch against the rotor, which causes a high-pitched squealing sound, as mentioned by Carcare.org.
Other signs of faulty brakes include:
- Having to depress the brake pedal more to stop the vehicle
- Vibration in the steering wheel
- Foul odors near the tires
If you notice any of the signs of faulty brakes, play it safe and have your vehicle checked out at a reliable auto service center as soon as you can. At your local AAA Car Care, we provide a full range of automotive repairs, including all types of brake service. Even if you’re just coming in for an oil change, we’ll check your brakes out for free as part of our complimentary multi-point inspection. And if you’re a AAA member, you’ll receive an industry-leading two-year/24,000 mile warranty on all repairs.