Monitor Your Brakes: 8 Signs it's Time for an Inspection

Learn how to ensure your brakes are in good condition with advice from Rick's Camaros.

Do we really need to tell you how important your brakes are? We didn't think so. But we do think it's always a good idea to help our friends know more about their car and how to prolong the life of your classic vehicle.

This is an especially important issue for restoration enthusiasts who make important decisions about whether to selectively modernize their braking systems or stick with stock as much as possible. While technology has influenced brake systems,


However, the basics have not changed: Brake pads on the calipers help slow the wheels down. If you're wondering how long do brake pads last or how often to change brake pads, we're here to help. And the biggest way we can help is to teach you about basic warning signs that should send you to an expert for more information.

You know your Camaro. You can feel how it handles when you rev the engine, turn the wheel and give it gas. That means you also know how it feels when you slow it down - and that's really the most important part, isn't it? Whether your Camaro is your daily driver, or whether you transport it by trailer to car shows, a faulty brake system can cause damage or injury. Regular brake checks are important.

It's natural to wonder how many miles should brakes last, or how long to rotors last. Your driving habits, the type of vehicle you drive, operating and driving conditions and even the type of brake lining material in your car can all affect how your brakes wear. The more time you spend driving, you'll better learn when to replace brake pads.

Should you inspect your brakes yourself or have it done by a professional? Let's face it, most people really don't have the skills to do a brake inspection, so have your brakes professionally inspected every year. In the meantime, here are some signs you should pay attention to, which may indicate that you should take your car in for a brake inspection sooner than later.

  • Unexpected Sound. A sudden grind or other type of unfamiliar sound.
  • Pulling. When applying the brakes does your car pull to one side?
  • Low Pedal. Does your pedal touch the floor or almost touch the floor before engaging?
  • Grabbing. Are your brakes super sensitive, grabbing when you lightly touch the pedal?
  • Vibrating. Can you feel your brake pedal vibrating or shimmying when you apply pressure?
  • Hard Pedal. Do you have to really press down on the brake pedal before it engages?
  • Brake Light. Is your brake light on or intermittently coming on? Shop Brake Lights.
  • Odd Noises. Do you hear a squeal, screech, click, grind or other sound when you apply the brakes?

Brake pedals and brakes wear out and in time you will need to replace them. This is normal. By keeping an eye out for what is NOT normal, you'll prolong the life of your car and have a safer driving experience.

When you are looking to restore the brakes in your project Camaro, Rick's Camaros offers a wide variety of replacement brakes and braking components specifically for your model or generation.

You'll enjoy our excellent prices and fast shipping, but you'll love our customer service even more. With decades of experience helping enthusiasts just like you, we can help you find the exact pieces you need to get your car show worthy or road ready.

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