Disclosure: This post was sponsored by Sears Auto and I was compensated for my time in creating this post. As always my thoughts and opinions are my own.
This post/review was written by Queen Mum:
August is brake safety awareness month. With school starting and kiddos out and about, August is a good time for a reminder to have your brakes checked! There’s also no better way to get your car prepared for the winter driving season.
I was given the the opportunity to head over to Sears for a lesson on why brakes are one of the most important safety features on our cars. I admit, I’m one of those busy people who really doesn’t think about my car until something goes wrong. That’s the way many of us are, but what I learned on my visit to Sears is brakes are something you can’t take for granted.
All through my lesson, I kept saying, I need to bring my car in for an inspection. It really made me think about what could go wrong if my brakes all of a sudden didn’t work.
The first thing I learned was how brakes work. I didn’t realize how many steps a car takes to stop from the time you step on the brake pedal until it actually stops. Each part of the braking system is important and needs to be in working order. The above picture shows all the parts that make up our brakes and it was a lot more than I expected. That’s one of the reasons it’s so important to get them inspected at least once a year or if you suspect something may be wrong.
Sears offers FREE brake inspections so there’s no need to worry about not having the funds to get one done. I was able to watch the guys do an inspection on the back brakes of a vehicle and it was pretty interesting. Below is a short clip on part of the inspection.
One of the most common problems that occur with brakes are the wearing down of the brake pads.
The brake pad at the top of the picture is what they’re supposed to look like. Unfortunately, some of us wait until they look like the second one with the pad worn completely down and very unsafe. That’s one reason a brake inspection is so important. You need to catch problems before they get so bad they’re dangerous!
So, how do you know if your brakes need looked at? Here’s the most common signs I learned to look for:
- any squeaking grinding sounds when you step on the brakes.
- any unusual noises when you turn a corner
- feeling decreased pressure when pressing down on the brake pedal
- brake light coming on
Any of those things can signal there’s a problem that needs to be looked at. The best thing however, is to get your brakes inspected before a problem shows up. It can save you time and money in the long run and it’s FREE at Sears! They do a full inspection, completely checking over 20 different parts of your car’s braking system.
I want to thank John and all the guys at Sears for taking the time to show me around and for patiently answering all my questions. They really know their stuff!
Stay tuned for more info on how to keep your car in tip top shape as I will be visiting Sears again. I can’t wait to see what I’m gonna learn next!