Is that high pitched screech, squeal or grinding noise coming from your car? Hopefully it was coming from the car in front of you!
That noise can indicate that the brake pads are worn and need to be changed – or worse, that they’ve worn down so far that the brake system is being damaged.
Unless it just rained or you just got a carwash – in other words, unless your brakes are wet – noises are not a normal part of braking. If your car is making noises when you come to a stop, it’s time to have them inspected to make sure there’s not serious damage being done!
But while noises are one of the most obvious signs of brake problems, they’re certainly not the only indicator…
Vibrations in the pedal or steering wheel when you’re braking might just be the Antilock Brake System. If you slam on your brakes, that kind of vibration is normal. But if that vibration is there every time you brake, that can indicate that something is warped – a problem that will only get worse if left unfixed.
If you have to push all the way to the floor to brake, it can mean there’s a leak or other serious problem in the brake system. Brakes use hydraulics to stop your vehicle — it’s the only way your gentle push on a pedal could stop a heavy, fast-moving vehicle — and a leak in that system means that the hydraulics can’t stop as well. More than that, as with any leak in your vehicle, when a fluid can get out then dirt and contaminants can get in, leading to bigger, more expensive problems.
And of course, there’s always the brake light, which can indicate any number of problems in the brake system.
Whether it’s a strange sound, smell, vibration, feeling or light, when something changes with your brake system, it’s a good idea to have it inspected right away. Your vehicle only needs to do two things – go and stop – and making sure your vehicle can do the latter is important for keeping your family safe.
Are your brakes acting up? Call us today to schedule an appointment!