Most drivers probably don’t think twice about their car’s braking system until they notice that it’s not working quite the way it should. If your steering wheel shakes when braking, your car takes longer than normal to stop, or even if you feel like there’s a loss of grip when braking, some component in your complex brake system needs to be repaired.
Not only can a braking system, that’s on it’s way out, become an expensive problem if not fixed sooner than later, but according to Providence car accident lawyers at Marasco & Nesselbush, LLP, a bad braking system can be a contributing factor in a serious or even fatal car accident. Although some parts of your braking system may be more difficult to repair than others, if your brake pads need replacing you can save yourself some money and replace them yourself, here’s how:
You probably need new brake pads when you hear screeching and squealing as you put your foot on the brakes, which indicates that you should replace your brake pads as soon as possible.
Brake pads create friction and slow the rotation of the wheels which brings your car to a halt. Out of all of the parts in the braking system, the pads are most often replaced and can be replaced with relative ease. If you have a mechanic replace your brake pads, you may be looking at anywhere from $500 to $1000, depending on the type of brake pad are chosen and the cost of labor. Fortunately, if you’re able to purchase the brake pads and replace them yourself, you’ll see significant savings.
Before you get started, make sure you give yourself enough time to work, such as a weekend, on replacing your brake pads. Don’t rush to get the job done. Double check to ensure you have all the tools you need and it’s always a wise idea to have a copy of your vehicle’s repair manual on hand. If, at any point, you’re unsure or don’t feel confident about what you are doing, take a break and seek professional advice. Doing the job right is important for your safety on the road. Here are the basics of replacing your brake pads:
Remember, when in doubt, always ask for help and don’t take your car out on the road if something doesn’t feel or sound right.
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