There are several indicators that your vehicle can provide when the brakes need to be repaired or serviced. The most common sign is the brake warning light illuminating. If the warning light is blinking, get the vehicle in as soon as you can. You may also notice a squishy or soft brake pedal when you apply it. This can also mean there is a delay in the brake system. There may also be an issue if you hear noises from the brakes.
When you press your foot against the brake pedal, it should progressively firm with the harder you press it. If the brake pedal feels soft or almost hits the floor, the issue should be inspected as soon as possible. Also make sure to notice any vibrations you might feel when applying the brake pedal. This can also be a sign of a serious brake problem.
Any loud noise such as squeals, squeaks, or grinding sounds could indicate a serious issue. The brakes may need to be adjusted or replaced. A grinding noise you might hear could indicate that the brake pads are worn and may need to be replaced. The brake rotors can sometimes be damaged or need replacing if the brake pads have worn down. This is because the metal on metal can cause damage.
Besides vibrations in the brake pedal and odd noises, there are some other signs to notice if you have an issue with the brake system. Look for any puddles of brake fluid that are under your vehicle. Also, notice if your vehicle pulls to one side or another when you apply the brakes. It could mean that there is an issue with the tires, but it could also mean a problem for the brakes. The brakes could be worn out and need replacing. If you notice that the vehicle is low on brake fluid often, it could be a sign of a leak somewhere. Bringing the vehicle in for regular scheduled maintenances is also recommended. By doing so, parts that are beginning to wear can be identified and fixed before a larger issue can occur. A small issue is also more cost efficient to fix than a larger issue. Regular maintenance can help save time, money, and stress. It can also help to provide you a safe and reliable ride again.