Your vehicle’s braking system keeps you safe and ensures you have the ability to stop moving. Additionally, these systems have numerous alarms and indicators in place to make sure you know when it is not working properly. With each year that passes, brakes that suddenly fail become a thing of the past.
However, there are many indications that you should have your brakes looked at.
1.) Making Noises
Your vehicle’s brake pads are made of metal, as are the rotors. As the brake pad wears down, it has less padding between it and the rotor. This causes the metal to rub against metal, and the result is often a grinding, squealing, or screeching sound.
Noises coming from your brakes can also indicate that there are bits of debris in the calipers or a lack of lubrication on your rear drum brakes. Either way, it is essential to attend to this issue before it advances.
Fortunately, changing brake pads and rotors is something that many vehicle owners choose to do themselves. If this is you, be sure to thoroughly consult your owner’s manual before getting started on the repair. Your braking system keeps you, your passengers, and other drivers safe.
2.) Bumpy Braking
When you press your brake pedal, do you experience shaking or vibrating of your vehicle? If so, this is an indication that your rotors might be uneven. In order to ensure maximum effectiveness, your brake rotors need to operate under the same pressure.
However, over time the rotors will begin to vary slightly from one to the other. This can cause uneven wear on your tires and braking system. To avoid this, you should get your brakes service regularly. Additionally, keep in mind that if your vehicle wobbles during braking, it could be that your wheel lug nuts are loose.
3.) Soft Pedal
A soft brake pedal is a clear indication that your braking system needs to be inspected. If your brake pedal feels soft and your vehicle is slower to brake, you likely have a brake fluid leak.
When this happens, the best thing to do is immediately take your vehicle to your local dealership and have it examined for leaks or other issues. If there is air or moisture in the hose or grease on your braking system, braking friction will be reduced, putting you and other drivers at risk of a wreck.