Your tyres and brakes are inexplicably linked, but how does one affect the other? Find out more in this post.
A flat tyre is nothing but irritating and inconvenient, but at some point or another, unavoidable – whether you drive a car, motorcycle or heavy goods vehicle (HGV).
This unfortunate situation can happen at any time, however unexpected, and can put you and your passengers in some serious danger.
Lots of things cause your tyres to deflate, but many drivers are unaware that their brakes could be causing the problem – but how can you tell your brakes need a little TLC?
The expert mechanics here at CJ Auto Service present some tell-tale signs you should be looking out for.
How do brakes go bad?
Like any other part of your vehicle, your brakes are subjected to general wear and tear that will cause them to be worn down over a period of time.
How quickly depends on how often you engage your brakes and how hard you hit them – obviously the harder and more frequently you hit them, the shorter their lifespan will be.
All extra weight you put on your vehicle will cause your brakes to depreciate as well, and the heavier the loads you carry, the more effort is needed to stop – which places even more strain on your car or HGV’s braking system.
If you suspect your brake pads are even a little worn, it’s crucial you get them looked at and repaired ASAP before the damage extends to your tyres.
How can I tell if there’s a problem with my breaks?
Many drivers, especially new licence holders, are unaware of signs they should look out for when it comes to their brakes.
Most newer cars will have a warning light on the dashboard that alerts you if there is an issue with your brakes, but if you’re driving an older model it can be a little trickier to notice any issues.
A solid sign that your brakes are faulty is a squeaking or squealing noise whenever you bring your vehicle to a stop.
Excessive vibrating, delayed response times, and low sitting or spongy brake pedals are also signs you need to take a trip to the garage.
So, how can faulty brakes damage my tyres?
Faulty brakes don’t mean your car just won’t stop, but it does mean that slowing down is a trickier task – meaning you need to slam on your brakes more often to come to a safe halt.
By doing this, your tyres wear down much quicker, or it can even cause them to become unbalanced, leading to uneven tyre wear.
Never underestimate the importance of good tyres – they guarantee a safe and comfortable ride – whereas poor tyres reduce the performance of your car, increasing stopping distances and the risk of you skidding.
Remember, when you take care of your brakes, you take care of your tyres!
Got problems with your brakes?
If something isn’t quite right, and you suspect there’s a problem with your brakes or your tyres need repairing, replacing or inflating, be sure to get in touch with the expert mechanics here at CJ Auto Service.
We’ll diagnose and solve the issue as quickly as possible, so you can get your car back safely on the roads in no time at all.
We’re proud of the reputation we’ve built for ourselves in Warrington, and customer satisfaction is at the heart of what we do – which is why we strive to provide the highest quality, most cost-effective services around.