I think it's really important to know a bit about the internals of a car, so that when you are getting your car serviced you can talk intelligently with the auto technician. As well, there are many easy DIY jobs you can do on your car to save your some money which can make all the difference when you are young and starting out. This site is where I am recording everything I am teaching my kids about auto servicing, and because I think it will be useful to many other families as well. I hope you find it useful for your family.
One of the most terrifying things that could happen when you are driving downhill is to try to slow the progress of the vehicle only to notice that your brakes aren't working as they should. A big mistake that some car owners often make is to ignore signs of brake system problems until they experience such life-threatening situations. This proactive approach should obviously be replaced by a preventative one so that any problem with a car's brake system can be rectified before disaster strikes.
If you've just purchased a new car, you should be able to tell when your car's brakes are failing so that you can seek repair service immediately. Here are a number of common signs indicating impending car brake system trouble.
Brake fluid leak
Brake fluid is poured into the master cylinder reservoir of your car's brake system to provide just the right amount of hydraulic pressure required to allow brakes to work when you step on the brake pedal. Loss of brake fluid from the system is a major cause of problems.
Brake fluid leaks indicate loss of lubricant in the brake system, and such a loss may cause various components to become worn prematurely. Escaping fluid also allows air to enter into the system, and this reduces the efficiency of a car's brakes.
If you notice any brake fluid leaks, make sure they are inspected and sealed immediately. Brake fluid leaks, whether big or small, will eventually lead to complete failure of your car's brake system.
When babies cry, they send a speechless message to their care-givers that something is wrong. Likewise, if your car's brake system is producing an unusual squealing or grinding noise, you can be sure that the system is experiencing some sort of problem because good brakes should apply almost noiselessly when they are applied.
If it so happens that your brake pedal feels spongy, it is a sign of too much air in the brake system. A competent mechanic at a car service centre can remove the air from the system by performing a service referred to as 'brake bleeding.'
It is very dangerous to ride in a car with a 'soft' or spongy brake pedal because your brakes can fail anytime, potentially resulting in a grisly road accident.
Never ignore any early warning sign to ensure that you don't damage your car unnecessarily or cause people to suffer serious injuries due to accidents resulting from failed brakes.