Knowing when the brakes are going out is important for your vehicle. When your car starts creating abnormal sounds, feelings or smells, start investigating the issue sooner rather than letting the condition worsen. Waiting will only lead to more expensive parts wearing out and requiring replacement. Also pay attention to sounds, smells and sensations signal brake problems.
Screeching, grinding, squealing, rubbing and other eardrum piercing noises are common indicators that your brake pads & shoes require inspection. This should be addressed before worn pads cause damage to other parts, which could result in more expensive repairs.
Vibration and pulsation in the pedal or your steering wheel can also indicate an issue with the brakes. If you ignore the issue, the rotors might get warped from the metal on metal rubbing, potentially costing you a lot more in repair.
Pressing down farther to complete braking functions. This symptom is not as prevalent as it used to be, but if you’re pressing down farther than usual on your brake pedal to stop your car, requiring more pressure and time to perform the same stopping function, you have entered the first stage and sign of brake pad wear.
Also be aware of the warning light for the brakes. If this comes on, make sure to schedule an appointment with us as soon as possible. When the light illuminates, you should bring your vehicle in for an inspection. If the light starts to blink, make sure to pull over when it is safe to do so, and turn off your vehicle. If you continue to drive with the light blinking, you could be doing more harm to your vehicle and parts.
Another recommendation is to bring your vehicle in regularly for maintenance inspections. If you are not sure how often this should be, make sure to contact us and we can remind you of the correct schedule.