Ownership 10 Tire and Brake Problems All Drivers Need to Know
Brake Pads and Fluids: The Basics
You not plowing into the back of that Chrysler starts with your brake pedal and ends with its pads, but that's not the whole story.One of the most important things going on with that hooptie of yours happens in between its brake pads and its rotors. It's there where a specific amount of friction determines whether or not you'll be able to do things like make it around the Nurburgring's Adenauer Forst in your dreams or just keep yourself from plowing into the back of the Chrysler in front of you on the 405. But neither of those'll happen if you fail to do three things: choose the right brake pads for the sort of driving you do, install them and break them in the right way.
Wide-open acceleration might fun, but slowing down that speeding hunk of metal is much more important. Any driver's safety depends on consistent, reliable deceleration, or in other words, workingand . These two parts constantly keep your car pointed and moving – or not moving – in the right direction.
Like any car component, brakes and tires slowlyas the miles climb, eventually getting to the point where they become a safety hazard. To avoid dangerous situations behind the wheel, you should always be on the lookout for these telltale signs of brake or tire failure.
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Underinflated or overinflated tires
Car tires work best at a, and filling any more or less isn't a good idea. increases rolling resistance, leading to and performance. It also wears out the tread more quickly and places increased strain on the internal belts that hold a tire together.
Conversely,shrinks the contact patch, limiting . Overinflated tires are more susceptible to punctures as they can't absorb impact from road debris as effectively. It's nearly impossible to tell if a tire is correctly pressurized just by looking at it, so it's recommended that you . Reference your owner's manual or the sticker inside the driver's door for the correct pressure rating.
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Uneven tire wear
When everything is optimally set up, your tires should wear out at the same rate. If you notice thatthan the others, something isn't right. The issue could be with the tire itself, like incorrect inflation or belt separation. There might also be a suspension problem or . It's best to have a mechanic to see what's really causing the problem.
Low tread depth
Tire tread, the grooves surrounding the outside of a tire, helpand channel water and debris away from the contact patch. While tires last for thousands of miles, eventually that will wear off.
If there's any question about the tread depth on your tires,. First, find a penny (there's bound to be one somewhere in your car), and stick it in a central groove with Abraham Lincoln's head pointed towards the middle of the wheel. If you can see the top of his head, .
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Bulges and bubbles
Impacts against potholes and other road imperfections can pinch the tire against the rim and cause a. This happens when the inner lining tears, letting air leak into the outer casing. A tire bulge is a weak point that can , so it's never safe to drive on a bulging tire.
You're bound to get a sharp object stuck in your tire at some point. Whether it's a nail, screw, or piece of wood or metal, if somethingit's not good news. You might be able to to close the hole, but keep in mind that punctures larger than ¼ inch in diameter or in the sidewall .
However, if it's a small tack, or even if it's a long nail that enters at an angle, you may be able to pull it out and be on your way. If there's any doubt, have a tire specialist take a look.
One of the most annoying car sounds (and in fact any sound) is. Although it's the automotive equivalent to nails on a chalkboard, the sound is intentional. It means that a brake pad is touching the brake rotor, and that your brakes need replacing.
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Usually, ending the noise is as simple as, with the added benefit of restoring consistent and reliable braking power. Depending on your car and driving style, brake pads can last anywhere from .
Braking should be drama-free, so it's more than unnerving when the pedal feels like it's. A pulsating or vibrating brake pedal is often caused by brake rotors that have warped due to long use or overheating. Because these aren't smooth, the pads can't get a solid grip, causing that freaky pulsing. should fix the problem, but first make sure you're not dealing with a or misaligned tire.
Pulls when braking
Your car's direction is supposed to be controlled by the steering wheel. However, if your car has a collapsed brake line or stuck caliper, it mightwhen you pump the brakes. A won't evenly apply brake pressure, and a won't release the rotor when you let off the pedal. Regardless of the cause, a car that doesn't stay straight while braking is dangerous and should be .
Spongy or low pedal
If youror every time you push it, you may have a leak in the brake system. The leak may let brake fluid drip out, or allow air or water to get in. In either case, brakes are supposed to be a sealed system, and it's only going to reduce your braking ability, which is pretty much the last thing you want.
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Burnt out brake light
Even if your brakes themselves working perfectly, it can be a big problem if your brake light bulbs are, and might cost you a fender bender or two. Everyone has had to deal with a driver with a -don't let that driver be you. Make a habit of occasionally checking your brake light bulbs.
You don't even have to get out of your car. Back up against a wall or your garage door and press the brakes. Use your mirrors and look over your shoulder to see if the lights on both sides and in your rear window light up. It's one of the easiest ways to avoid getting rear-ended.
Given how important brakes and tires are, never ignore these problems if you spot them. If you're not certain what's causing a problem or what to do about it,who can get your brakes and tires back in good shape.
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