If you're not sure if you need new tires or brakes in Covington, LA,  you owe it to yourself to read this entire article today.

Did you know that deflated tires can make you three times as likely to have a car accident - even if your tires are just partially deflated? 

What about the fact that brake failures account for almost 22% of car crashes? 

If there are preventative measures you can take that will help to keep you, and especially your family, safe behind the wheel, then why aren't you taking them? 

Likely, it's only because you're not aware of them in the first place. We want to help cut down your chances of getting into an accident while driving your Subaru.

That's why we've created this post. 

In it, we're telling you the top issues that your tires and brakes can have, so that you can avoid accidents. We'll also tell you where you can get the service you need to fix and prevent these issues. 


1. You Have a Flat or Overinflated Tire

You know that driving with a flat tire is incredibly dangerous - even if you're only driving for a few minutes.

First of all, driving with a flat just destroys the tire even further. It can also throw your entire car off.

Usually, you'll be able to either feel the difference or simply hear the noise that you know means one of your tires has gone flat. But if you notice that your Subaru's steering wheel seem hard to grip, or even that your brakes are acting funny, it's time to check to see if you have a flat tire. 

While driving with a flat tire is a known risk to both your tires and brakes, having overinflated tires is also a problem. 

This is because the over inflation can make your tire fail even faster than an actual puncture to the tires can. If you're one of the few that believes pumping extra air into your tires will increase your overall fuel efficiency, it's time to retire the practice. 

Plus, it's not as "efficient" as you might think, since the center section of your tire will wear out much faster this way. One accidental run over a pothole, speed bump, or even taking a tight curve, can mean disaster.

2. You've Noticed Uneven Tire Wear

When it comes to your tires and brakes, you probably know that you need to do a quick visual inspection every once in a while is just common sense. 

But if you see that your tires are wearing a little unevenly, it is cause for concern and shouldn't be ignored. Let's say you realize that, while three of your tires look almost new, the one at the front is totally worn down.

This could tell you that the belt has become separated from your tire. It could also mean that your car is having a serious problem with either steering or suspension.

Take it to a service center quickly. 

3. Your Tire Wasn't Patched Well

We know that, especially when it comes to car repair, it can be tempting to try to fix your tires and brakes yourself. While a DIY approach may leave you feeling satisfied, sometimes it's just not good enough to last.

In general, a patch job is done well if it's been both plugged and patched in. But this method only works if the puncture is less than 1/4 of an inch big. 

If it's any bigger, it's likely time to change your tire.

4. Your Tires Are Different Sizes

Especially if you bought your spare tire without consulting a professional (or from the shadier corners of the Internet) sometimes you can end up with an option that doesn't actually fit with the other three. 

If you notice that your car just doesn't seem to be running as smoothly as it usually does, it's possible that tire sizes that don't match up are to blame. 

However, it's an issue that you really need to pay attention to. This is because it can cause serious tension and binding, that can wreck your car. Keep in mind too, that size differences aren't just related to the diameter of the tire. 

It can also include differences in their overall tread depths.

5. Your Brake Pads Are Worn Out

You likely already know that worn out brake pads can be a serious source of strain on both your tires and brakes. 

Driving with these can grind down the surface of the rotor, can increase your overall braking distance (meaning you won't be able to "stop on a dime" anymore) and can lead to unpleasant squeaking. 

If your brakes start making crazy noises, it's likely that they've become too overheated. 

While you can certainly check your car's brake pads yourself, sometimes it's just best to go with a professional opinion. 

6. You're Dealing With A Leak

Yes, leaks can happen everywhere - even in the braking system of your Subaru.

Usually, this is a sign that there's a larger problem with your hydraulics. While these leaks can sometimes be hard to detect (again, this is why regular maintenance is so important) they can lead to serious issues.

These can include a loss of your brake fluid, which can soon cause the braking system to fail altogether. We don't need to tell you how serious that is - and the damage that it can cause to your tires and brakes. 

If you notice that your car is leaving a pool of fluid on the floor of your garage, or if you've noticed that your brake pedal seems to be lower to the ground than usual,  it's time to take it in for service.

7. Your Caliper May Be Stuck

The calipers of your Subaru are responsible for holding your brake pads. The press onto the rotor (more on that in a minute) and make your car stop. 

Sometimes though, these calipers can quickly get stuck. If you notice that your car seems to sort of yank to one side when you hit the brakes, this is likely the problem. Also, you may notice that it seems harder than usual to get your car to accelerate. 

This can also cause the braking system of your Subaru to get overheated, which can seriously endanger both you and the other people on the road. If you notice that your brake seems to be sticking, it's another sign of a stuck caliper. 

Don't put off getting this - or anything that interferes with your ability to brake - fixed as soon as you can. Your tires and brakes are two of the most important features of your car.

8. Your Rotor Has Become Warped or Overheated

If you're one of those drivers that lives to take your car out on more rugged terrain - think gravel, mountains, and even using it to tow things - this is going to lead to stress. 

Eventually, this added strain will cause your rotors to warp. This isn't good, because if your rotors aren't flat, it's difficult for it to stay connected to the brake pads themselves. 

If you notice that your brake pedal is somehow moving around, and slightly bouncing up and down, it's a sure sign that your rotor has become warped in some way. Same goes with your steering wheel. If you notice your steering wheel shakes when you hit the brakes, something's up.

The same thing goes if you've realized that your car jerks forward whenever you apply the brake pedal. You might also have noticed that the surface of the rotor itself has turned a kind of purplish color.

Once overheated or warped, you will have real trouble stopping your car when you need to. As you know, that can highly increase your chances of getting into an accident.

A surprising thing you can do to protect your Subaru's rotor? Stop parking close to sprinkler systems! Even the water can get in there and mess things up for you.

What Can I Do To Keep My Tires And Brakes In Shape? 

As with anything, you've probably already guessed that when it comes to keeping your tires and brakes in good working order, prevention is the best cure. To make sure you're safe behind the wheel, it's crucial that you take your Subaru in for regular checkups at a certified tire and brake specialist in Covington, LA at Baldwin Subaru.

As an authorized Subaru dealership and service center that's been in business since 1950, we have the experience, training, and demeanor that we believe should be the standard in the industry.

No matter what you're dealing with, chances are - we've seen it before.

When it comes to the safety of yourself and your passengers, there is absolutely no reason you should be putting anyone at risk. We strive to provide you with the same level of dedicated service and attention to detail that we would offer to our own families. 

Whether you need your tires and brakes repaired, want to check out our cars, or just want to learn more about Subaru, we're ready and waiting to help you. 

Reach out to us to schedule an appointment today, or call us today at (888) 454-3035.  

Categories: Brakes, Tires