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Brakes may be the single most important part of your car. It is an absolutely essential part of your vehicle. Your brakes must be maintained at all times to ensure the safety of the people in your vehicle and the safety of everyone on the road.

It is important to listen to the sounds that your brakes make when you press on the brake pedal. If there is a squeaking noise it could be because of friction from the brake lining. Under extreme conditions this can damage the pads, lining, brake drums and rotors.

A grinding noise may indicate that the brake pads are worn. When metal grinds against metal the contact could damage the drums and rotors. The only noise you should be hearing from your brakes is silence.

Another thing to be conscious of when you are braking is whether or not your vehicle is pulling to one side. If your car is pulling to one side, it may be caused by worn or uneven brake linings or a damaged brake line. Brakes can also drag because of a contaminated fluid or if they are out of adjustment.

A car may have a leak in the brake system, air in the brake lines, or may need a brake adjustment if you have to pump your brakes in order to stop. These ailments may also cause your brake pedal to sink to the floor board when you are stopped at a light.

If you suspect anything may be wrong with your brakes, it is imperative that you have your car inspected at a trusted repair shop with ASE Certified Technicians. With brakes, you can never be too careful.