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Brakes are one of the most important mechanical functions our vehicles perform.  They are used multiple times every time we get in the car.  We rely on them to be responsive when they’re needed.  All this wear and tear means that making sure our brakes are working properly is very important.

Due to the frequency of use, brakes are designed to alert the driver when they need to be replaced.  One of the most common symptoms of brakes that need to be replaced is a squeaking or grinding noise when stopping.  This is caused when the brake pads have been used so many times that they begin wearing out.

In the early stages, the sound means the brake pads are wearing low and should be replaced soon.  Continuing to drive your car can cause more extensive damage as the brakes start wearing on the rotors.

Ignoring the warning signs and damaging the rotors means much more costly brake repairs.  In addition, poorly functioning brakes can lead to car accidents.  Equipment failure, such as brakes going out, accounts for a large majority of the wrecks caused as a result of mechanical problems.

As brakes wear out, they become less responsive.  In heavy traffic, like we frequently see in Austin, car accidents can happen if you need to stop quickly but your brakes don’t have the ability to stop your car fast enough to avoid an accident.

If an accident occurs as a result of your inability to stop, it’s likely you will be liable for the wreck and therefore responsible for collision repair on not only your vehicle, but the other driver’s car too.  It’s much safer and cheaper to be aware of the warning signs that your brakes need repair and to address them quickly.  Proper car maintenance will keep your car running smoothly and will save you money in the long run.

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