5 Reasons You Should Get Regular Off Road 4×4 Brake Checkups

While you may not think about them often, functioning brakes are arguably the most important part of your 4×4. When all else fails we rely on our brakes to save us from emergencies. If those brakes don’t properly work when we need them, our lives and the lives of those we love could reap the consequences.

Here are some reasons why you should get regular off road brake check-ups on your 4×4:

1)Before getting into your car, take a look at your brake pads through the space in between your wheel spokes. See if you can find any visible wear or damage. You should find a ¼ inch brake pad, however if the brakes seem to be worn down, it’s time for a trip to the mechanic.

2)Take a moment to turn down the radio and listen to your car. The sound of your car will often tell you everything you need to know about how it’s functioning. If you hear a high-pitched squealing, squeaking or grinding, your brakes may need to be checked out. Squealing brakes often indicate that the brake pads need to be replaced, while a squeaking sound is usually a sign that sand or water has entered your brakes  A grinding noise coming from the brakes can also mean that your brakes have completely worn down. If you experience any of these sounds, it’s best to visit a mechanic, so they can rule out any other possibilities.

3)Also, check how smoothly your car currently drives. While steering, do you notice the car pull to the side when you attempt to brake? Do you find the car jerks or you have to repeatedly pump your brakes to get them to stop? How about the feeling of when you brake, are you feeling any vibration or air under the brake? You can tell a lot about the current state of your brakes by how they feel .

4)It’s also important to pay attention to your dashboard, has your “check brakes” light turned on? If so, then it may be time to talk to a mechanic. They may not necessarily need to completely replace your brakes, as brakes can often be repaired by changing the brake linings, replacing a caliper, or repairing a leaking cylinder.

5)So, does that mean you should only check on your brakes when you’ve seen the following signs? Actually, it’s wise to check your brakes every 20,000-30,000 miles. If it’s necessary to replace your brakes be sure to choose brakes designed for your specific car and driving style, and always feel free to talk to a mechanic about your budget.

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