Brakes require repairs from time to time due to constant use. To ensure the brakes are operating to their full potential, they require routine services and replacement because of the lifespan of the brake parts. We at Top Notch Auto Body & Mechanic would like to share the signs that suggest your brakes need attention.
Squealing, Squeaking, or Grinding Noises when Braking
With a high-pitched sound and being made of steel, the sound is very distinct as it makes contact with the rotor when the brake pads are worn. To avoid serious damage, you need the brake pads replaced as soon as possible. There are several issues that produce the grinding you feel in the pedal. The metal on metal could be creating grooves in the brake rotor with severely worn brake pads. Though there can be other explanations, you should have the brakes looked at by a mechanic.
Braking Leads to Scraping, Vibration, or Wobbling
When you apply the brake the steering wheel to shake or vibrate due to the uneven rotor. The brake rotors are the discs that sit inside of the wheels. Because the brake pads hug the rotors to stop the vehicle’s motion when the brake pedal is used it is important the rotors are smooth and completely even in thickness. The scraping, wobbling, or vibrating that stem as you brake is due to the brake mechanical elements.
Brake Fluid Leak
Soft brake pedal suggests there is a leak in the brake system and a technician can locate it. The master cylinder that creates the power for your brakes it likely the source. When you apply the brakes to create hydraulic pressure, the master cylinder is a reservoir for the brake fluid that is pushed through thin piping. The brake pads are forced to clamp hard to the rotors without the fluid, there can be a loss of power.
Spongy or Soft Brake Pedal
Spotting a difference in the resistance in the brake pedal as it feels spongy or soft is a major red flag your brakes need immediate attention. When the pedal sinks all the way to the floor mat, it is due to the air or moisture in the braking system, or the master cylinder is inflicted.
Driving with Brake Light On
You are clearly due, for at least, an inspection by a professional when the dashboard lights, either red or yellow brake, illuminate. You can look for the meaning with your manual, but a mechanic can find the problem and repair it.
Car Pulls when Braking
When the vehicle pulls to one side, a brake hose gone bad or a caliper problem is usually the issue. One brake caliper may be applying more or all the pressure during braking, the unbalanced stop results.
Brakes Smell Like Burning Rubber
After repeated hard braking on steep roads, a sign of overheated brakes or clutch creates a sharp, chemical odor. Once you pull over immediately to safe place, inspect your parking brake to make sure it’s fully released and allow the brakes to cool. Brake failure occurs if you continue to drive and the heating up the brake fluid to boiling.