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.
While you may be somewhat blasé about car repairs in general (even though you shouldn't be), you cannot afford to be lackadaisical when it comes to the brakes. These components are under a great deal of pressure, and while they are engineered well, a failure here could have drastic repercussions for you and your family. Nothing beats a regular visit to your mechanic so they can keep an eye on everything for you, but in the meantime, you should be on the lookout for some tell-tale signs that should prompt you to make an urgent visit. What do you need to be aware of?
If you are trying to brake steadily on an uneven surface and a dry road only to feel a strange vibration at the same time, this is an indication that you have problems with your brake discs. These are a crucial part of the system, and you have one attached to each road wheel. When they go out of true, they can wobble ever so slightly as they turn, and this will cause this strange vibration.
Alternatively, you may notice a strange grinding noise when you apply pressure and, in this case, your brake pads have run out of friction material. Within each pad is a small metal device that is designed to scratch against the surface of the brake disc and provide you with this early warning system. Don't delay, as if you do, then you may have to replace all your brake discs as well.
Sometimes, you may notice inconsistencies through the ball of your foot, and as you apply pressure to the brake pedal, it travels even further and feels "squishy." This is another indication that the brake pads may be worn beyond acceptable limits, but it could also mean that you have air in the system or not enough fluid.
Unwanted Change of Direction
Finally, beware when the car pulls to one side when you are braking, causing you to correct the steering to maintain your direction of travel. This could be caused by a number of issues, but they are all potentially urgent and should prompt you to visit your mechanic for brake repairs as soon as possible.
If you attend to issues before they get worse or visit your mechanic at recommended intervals, you shouldn't encounter any of these problems, but always remember what is at stake.