Do Your Brakes Need Repair? Here’s What To Look Out For
Published July 6th, 2017
Your car’s brake system is arguably one of the most important safety features of the vehicle. For your safety and those of your passengers, need to make sure they’re always working to full effect. If you start seeing signs that your brakes have worn, or are not working efficiently, it’s critical that you have them checked as soon as possible. Here are some of the signs you need to look out for which will indicate that your car brakes need to be looked at:
- The brakes squeal or screech when braking
- The car pulls to the left or right when you brake
- When you brake, the brake pedal sits low, and the braking feels soft, hard or even spongy.
- The car loses grip when you brake
- The steering wheel shudders when you brake
- It takes longer for the car to stop than normal
Why brakes fail
When you step on the brake pedal, brake fluid engages various mechanisms in the car that push your car’s brake pads onto the disk rotor, which causes the car to stop. The brake pad is mounted on the brake calliper, which is responsible for applying and releasing the brake pads to and from the rotor.
The second important mechanism responsible for your braking action, is the disc rotor, which is the circular metal plate on your car’s wheels. If this disc is smooth, the braking action of your car will normally be working as needed.
Both these parts are subject to wear and tear, and after thousands, if not hundreds of thousands of braking actions, the rotor can become uneven, and the callipers will wear away over time. Once this happens, you’ll notice something wrong with your braking, including one or more of the signs above.
If you are experiencing any of these signs that suggest you brake system is failing, we urge you not to wait until it’s too late. If you do, there could be catastrophic consequences. Contact us as soon as you think your brake system needs to be looked at.