Of all the vital pieces of safety equipment that come with your car, the brakes are probably the most important and easiest to look after. That is not to say that many other parts of your vehicle should be treated as less important but for everyday motorists with little mechanical knowledge, it is easy to look after your brakes if you know a few simple tips.
In a nutshell, you should never try to repair brakes yourself nor tinker with them in any way in an attempt to improve them. You should always leave this vital part of your car in the hands of a qualified mechanic who will ensure that proper servicing procedures are followed and that the correct parts are installed.
Whilst brakes can last a long time, depending on how heavily and frequently you use them, it is easy to become accustomed to poor performance because of the long timeframe over which deterioration occurs. Brakes Servicing will experience before the car brakes (rotor, pads, and caliper) reach the point of potential failure or require additional brake services.
The most obvious indication of a problem is a high-pitched squeal that occurs whenever you apply the brakes. This is caused by metal on a metal sound which occurs when brake pads are dangerously worn out. This is certainly time to visit your mechanic.
If the steering wheel shudders in your hands as you come to a stop you may have a problem with your brake rotors. Rotors can become warped over a long period of time and are easy to overlook, but 'wiggling' as described above is a telltale sign. It is usually better to replace the rotors than to machine them.
If it takes a long time to stop after applying the brakes it is not only dangerous to continue driving but you could find yourself with a criminal legal predicament should you be involved in an accident.
Smoking wheels can also be an indicator of brake problems and this will occasionally happen after the vehicle has stopped. You shouldn't need any convincing that it is time to see your mechanic if you see smoke coming from any part of your vehicle, so don't delay!