Consumer Watch: Getting your car ready for holiday travel

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by Andy Treinen

WHAS11.com

Posted on October 26, 2012 at 5:02 PM

Updated Friday, Oct 26 at 5:20 PM

(WHAS11) -- Do you ever hear your brakes squealing, grinding or vibrating when you come to a stop? If you are no longer getting a firm response when you tap the brake pedal it might be time for an inspection.

Holiday travel is right around the corner and that means long road trips to grandma's house with precious cargo on board. Before you go - do yourself a favor and make sure you can also stop.

“The last thing you want is to break down with all the family in the car and the presents. It can be an utter disaster,” said Angie Hicks from Angie’s List. Hicks says brakes should be checked every six months as a precaution.
 
But Hicks also claims that our cars talk to us and just like when our parents or our spouse talks to us, we need to listen.

“If you hear a noise you haven't normally heard I would get it looked at. If nothing else you usually can drive by and say hey, is this something i can wait on, or should i make an appointment to get it looked at," said mechanic Fred Kuhn.
 
Different sounds indicate different problems. From high pitched squealing, which usually means you need to have brakes replaced to grinding which tells you the brake pads are bad.  And then there's knocking or vibrating which is an indication your break rotor is worn. The key to happy holiday travel is to get the car inspected now. Auto shops get slammed in the weeks leading up to the holidays.
 

 

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