Brake warning signs you should never ignore

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Car repairs

In the wake of a tragic accident in Campbell last week that claimed the life of a father and his 11-year-old son, it is important to know how critical vehicle maintenance is, especially with the braking system. 

Brakes are designed to let drivers know well in advance that service is needed. Some of the warning signs you should never ignore include: (Source: Firestone and Advanced Auto Parts)

 – Brake light warning
– Squealing, squeaking or grinding noises 
 – Leaking fluid
 – Spongy or soft brake pedal
 – Burning smell while driving
 – Bouncing up and down when you stop short
 – Vehicle pulls to one side when stopping
– Pulsation or shudder when the brake pedal is pushed

According to costguide.com, the average brake pad replacement costs approximately $150 per axle for parts and labor. Brake pads alone can range from $20 to $50, with some pads costing less or more. 

According to the National Transportation Safety Board, of the crashes nationwide that can be attributed to the vehicle, 35 percent involved tires, 22 percent involved brakes and smaller percentages were assigned to steering, suspension, transmission and engine problems. 

The Ohio State Highway Patrol recently determined that an accident last week in Campbell that claimed the life of 41-year-old Mike Pickett and his 11-year-old son Marcus Pickett was caused by poorly maintained brakes. 

Investigators said Pickett’s Jeep had virtually no brakes. Three of the four brakes had no brake pads at all and the fourth had only 1 percent. 

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