There are some repairs or routine maintenance issues in a vehicle that can be put off until the budget allows. Many Royal Oak drivers can go with an air conditioner that doesn’t blow the coldest of air or even a vehicle that sometimes is a bit difficult to start.
However, when it comes to your brakes, delaying repairs or replacement can be not just costly, but potentially very dangerous. Total brake failure is relatively uncommon, but failing to notice the early signs of brake wear can result in a higher risk of the brakes not being able to stop the car when and as needed.
While Wagner brakes are a quality brake for any vehicle, they will need to be serviced and eventually replaced. This timing will be a factor of the type of driving you do as well as the type or braking. Lots of stopping and starting or sudden braking in urban areas are harder on brakes than highway and country driving where you may be able to coast the vehicle more and use the brakes less frequently.
New vehicles are equipped with indicator lights that will come on when any irregularity in the braking system is detected. This can be a flashing light, which often indicates low fluid or a steady light that stays on after the first initial checks done when the vehicle first starts.
If the light stays on or flashes, even if the brakes seem to be working correctly, bring the vehicle in for a check. All brake systems, including Wagner brakes, can be quickly inspected and the issue corrected before there is a bigger problem.
Grinding, Squealing or Scraping Sounds
Well-maintained brakes do not make a noise when the brake pedal is engaged. Any sounds of grinding or squealing should be checked out immediately by your Royal Oak mechanic or brake specialist. Continuing to drive the vehicle can result in a much more costly repair as well as decreased braking ability over time.
For old brakes, the sounds are often a result of metal on metal on the disc and the caliper. Squealing can be an indicator tab on old brakes, or it can be a rock or other item that has become lodged against the caliper.
Other red flags you will need to repair or replace your Wagner brakes include pulling to one side when you brake, changes in the “feel” of the brake pedal, fluid leaks or any unusual odor of burning oil or electrical components around the tires.