Brakes are a part of vehicle maintenance. Due to the constant use they are something that requires repairs from time to time. Because of the lifespan of the brake parts, they require routine services and replacement to ensure the brakes are operating to their full potential. There are some signs that indicate your brakes need attention sooner than later, that we at Top Notch Auto Body & Mechanics would like to hare today.
Brake Light On
The dashboard lights, either red or yellow brake, indicates you are due for an inspection or there is a problem that needs attention. Consult your manual for specific, but in any case, call an expert for brake services.
Squealing, or Grinding Noise when Braking
The sound of the brake pads that are worn usually manifest with a high-pitched noise and being made of steel, the sound is very distinct as it makes contact with the rotor. You need the brake pads replaced as soon as possible to avoid serious damage. The grinding you feel in the pedal can be the product of several issues. However, if the brake pads are severely worn down, the metal on metal could be creating grooves in the brake rotor. There is also lack of lube, or even something as simple as gravel or rocks caught in the caliper unit. In any case, you should schedule a brake service to make the necessary repairs.
Vibration, Scraping or Wobbling when Braking
An uneven rotor frequently causes the steering wheel to shake or vibrate when you apply the brakes. The big discs that sit inside of the wheels are the brake rotors. It is important the rotors are smooth and completely even in thickness because the brake pads hug the rotors to stop the vehicle’s motion when the brake pedal is used. There are causes stemming from the brakes mechanical elements that lead to the wobbling, scraping, or vibrating when you feel as you brake.
Leaking Brake Fluid
A soft brake pedal indicates a leak a service technician can identify as the look for leaking fluid coming from the brake system. It will likely be leaking from the master cylinder that creates the power for your brakes. The master cylinder is a reservoir for the brake fluid that is pushed through thin piping when you apply the brakes to create hydraulic pressure. Without the fluid, there can be a loss of power that should force the brake pads to clamp hard to the rotors.
Soft or Spongy Brake Pedal when Engine Running
A major red flag your brakes need immediate attention is when you notice a difference in the resistance in the brake pedal as it feels spongy or soft. It is likely the pedal sinking all the way to the floor mat when you press on it, is experiencing air or moisture in the braking system, or the master cylinder is inflicted. Expert brake services are needed as soon as possible.
When Braking, Car Pulls to Left or Right
A brake hose gone bad or a caliper problem is usually the issue when cars pull to one side. Resulting in unbalanced stopping, one brake caliper may be applying more or all the pressure during braking.
Brakes Smelling Like They are Burning
A sign of overheated brakes or clutch, is the sharp, chemical odor after repeated hard braking on steep roads. Check your parking brake to make sure it’s fully released and allow the brakes to cool after pulling over immediately to safe place. Otherwise, you risk heating up the brake fluid to boiling that results in brake failure.
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Ultimately, the brakes are an important aspect to your driving and if you suspect brake issues, call Top Notch Auto Body & Mechanics and let our certified experts make sure your brakes are operating efficiently and safely.