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Signs of worn brakes and other problems

There are several signs drivers in New Jersey can use to tell if their brakes are wearing out. One of the clearest is that the brakes squeal at stops. This signals that the brake pads have worn down so much that the indicator, a small piece of metal, is scraping on the rotor. However, the indicator might also fall off, and some brake pads do not have an indicator. Therefore, it is important to know other signs of failing brakes as well.

A car that is not braking as well as it used to should be checked even if there is no indicator noise. Brake pads can also be inspected regularly. Problems with rotors can be harder to detect. They usually last longer than brake pads, but if a steering wheel is loose at a stop, then the rotor may need replacing. Some rotors can also be smoothed rather than replaced.

Upgrades that improve overall performance are also possible. For example, ceramic brake pads are quieter and produce less dust. Slotted rotors cost a little more, but for people who have to replace them frequently, they might be a good solution.

Failing to properly maintain a car can lead to an accident. For example, a driver might fail to get the brakes serviced, and the brakes may then fail at an intersection. If another person is injured in an accident like this, the driver might be deemed negligent. This could be important in a subsequent civil action filed with the assistance of an attorney if the driver's insurance company offers insufficient compensation for the injured victim's losses.

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