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There are a number of signs which indicate that your brakes need your attention. Would be able to identify these signs? If not, this article can help you keep your brakes in check. Have you ever noticed that your mechanic seems to find a lot of problems with your vehicle each time that you take it in? While it can seem like they are making up mechanical parts and problems, the truth of the matter is that they are simply trained to identify problems. Problems which a regular motorist could have identified themselves and tended to the problem before it became larger.

Do You Know If Your Brakes Need Help?

While there is much to learn about identifying mechanical problems, Synthetics Northwest has chosen to focus this article on helping you to identify problems with your brakes early on, before they cause larger problems or dangerous situations for you and your passengers.

Squeaking Brakes!

A mouse squeaks. The hinge of a door squeaks. The wheels of your car...not so much. If you can hear a squeaking noise coming from your wheels each time that you stop for a red light then it’s likely that your brakes need to be replaced very soon. And we mean soon! Inside each brake pad is a small pin which hides in the material. As your brakes wear down, this pin begins to emerge until it starts to touch the wheel of your car. When this happens, you hear the horrible noise telling you that your brake pads are running low and should be seen to, as you likely don't have much padding left.

Clicking Brakes!

Your fingers are great for clicking! You can click the top of a pen! But you can’t click your brakes. Not at all. If there is a clicking noise coming from your wheels then it’s possible your brake pads have come loose from their fitting, causing them to move around as you brake, making a clicking sound as they do. There are a few reasons how this could have happened, but whatever the reason, it’s important that you make your way to your mechanic to have them inspected. The quality of your brake fluid also plays a large part in how well your brakes operate. To ensure maximum traction control, click here to buy AMSOIL DOT 3 and DOT 4 Synthetic Brake Fluid. Alternatively, speak with an engine fluid expert at Synthetics Northwest by calling (888) 283-3580 (Toll-Free) today to find out which product can get the most performance out of your engine.

Um...the Stop Sign Was Back There…

Did you just go through a stop sign or drive past the parking spot you were aiming for? If you did then you need to give your brakes some attention. If the reduction in your braking ability isn’t accompanied by any other sounds or signs then the likely cause is that your brake pads have worn down and are almost out. If this is the case, it’s a quick trip to the mechanic to have them replaced as quickly as possible, as once they are at the point where you can notice their reduced performance then it isn’t much longer until they wear out completely.

Where Do You Think You're Going?

There are times where your car is going to veer to one side, such as when your wheels need an alignment or when the road quality is poor. However, if this happens when you put your foot on the brake pedal then it’s time to get your brakes checked. While it could be the sign of a larger problem, it could also be something as simple as a brake pad which can wear out unevenly or a caliper which has become stuck. Either way, this behavior isn’t normal and can be quite dangerous, so be sure to have it inspected promptly.

Keep Your Engine in Top Shape With a Synthetic Oil Change in Salem, OR

As you can see from the information above, knowing when your brakes need a bit of attention isn’t difficult and is something you can easily monitor as you go about your regular driving routine. Of course, it should go without saying that it’s important that you always include your brake fluid when performing your regular engine maintenance. If you notice that your brake fluid or any other engine fluid is running low, speak with an expert at Synthetics Northwest on (888) 283-3580 (Toll-Free) to find out what the best high-quality AMSOIL replacement fluid is. Alternatively, check out the information available on the online store.

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