How to Check if Your Brakes Work Properly

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Checking the brakes in your car is one thing - checking them properly can be something else entirely. Check to make sure the brakes in your car are working properly with help from an expert in the automotive industry in this free video clip.

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Hi, I'm Bob Holcomb from Apex Automotive in Great Barrington, Massachusetts. Today, we're going to talk about how to tell if your brakes work properly. I guess the best indicator is going to be yourself. If your brakes feel different, or feel strange to you, they're probably not working properly. When you apply your brake, it sends fluid through a brake line into this brake caliper, and it squeezes under the brake rotor, it stops the car. It's a pretty simple process, although many things can happen before that brake fluid and pressure gets to this caliper. If your brake pedal has a sinking feeling, you could have a brake fluid leak - one of the lines could be bad. So, the best indicator, the best way to tell whether you have a brake problem is the feel of your brakes. Another indicator would be a pulsation. If you're going at a high rate of speed, and you apply your brake, and your pedal bounces, that would be a brake pulsation, and that wouldn't be normal. That would be something have to be addressed. One of the indicators would be that there's a sinking feeling on the brake pedal. If the brake pedal goes too far down, there's something wrong with your brakes, and that would be one of the indicators on how to tell if it wasn't working properly. Another would be a noise or a squeak, maybe a groan from the braking system when you apply the brakes. But, the best indicator is going to be from history. Do your brakes feel like they felt the day before? And, if something happened drastically, if the pedal suddenly went to the floor, you should pull over as soon as possible, as your brake system has a major malfunction. So, these are a couple of tips on how to tell if your brakes feel normal or okay. I'm Bob Holcomb from Apex Automotive in Great Barrington, Massachusetts.


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