Updated March 15th, 2017

Winchester, Virginia - Most of us would agree that the busyness of modern life can hinder our ability to stay on top of several areas of our lives, including vehicle maintenance. While no rational person would intentionally neglect taking care of their vehicle, the reality is that there are a thousand other things clamoring for our attention on a daily basis, which can sometimes prevent us from giving due attention to how our car is doing. Unfortunately, this can lead to a situation where we don't find out about what's ailing our car until something completely breaks down. While some car problems would not generally be defined as "critical" (e.g., old windshield wipers, dirty air filters, etc.), the last thing you would want to fail on your car is the brakes. In order to ensure maximum safety, your brakes need to be checked on a relatively frequent basis. 

So what are some of the warning signs you would look for to let you know when it's time for you to get your brakes inspected? Below are some of the most common "symptoms" to keep an eye out for. 

Squeaking or squealing sounds - This is one of the early warning signs that your brakes are beginning to wear thin. If you hear this sound when applying the brakes, visit a brake shop to get them professionally inspected.

Grinding sounds - This is a huge warning sign that you have nearly reached the "end of the road" where your brakes are concerned. If you don't get them inspected and replaced soon, you risk damaging your rotors, which will mean much more money in repair costs. 

More pressure needed - If you start noticing that you have to push harder on the brakes just to get the vehicle to stop, it's more than likely a sign that your brake pads have been excessively worn down. A healthy brake system only requires light pressure in order to work; having to "put your foot through the floor" is a sign that your brakes need attention.

*Always check your owner’s manual for your vehicle model’s specific instructions before attempting any type of repair. Copyright Hogan & Sons Tire and Auto March 2017 www.hoganandsonsinc.com