One of a car owner’s biggest responsibilities is ensuring the vehicle stays safe enough to drive. The easiest and most effective way to do it is to pay attention to signs that it may be time for Brake Service or repair. A vehicle’s brakes are one of its most important safety features and, if a driver experiences any of the below warning signs, they should get the vehicle checked as soon as possible.
An Illuminated Dashboard Light
In most vehicles, the ABS light on the dashboard will illuminate if there’s a detectable issue in the braking system. To ensure these problems don’t lead to complete brake failure, take the car in for prompt diagnosis and repair.
A Spongy or Soft Brake Pedal
A pedal that goes all the way to the floor and offers little response may indicate worn brake pads. However, the problem may be more serious, such as an air bubble in the brake lines or leaking brake fluid. In any case, the driver should bring the car in for a checkup.
If a driver notices a translucent brown fluid near one of the wheels, they likely have a brake fluid leak. When a vehicle is losing brake fluid, it shouldn’t be driven until it’s inspected by a certified repair technician, as such a leak can cause the loss of braking power.
A vehicle should move in a straight line as the brakes are applied. If it pulls to either side, that action may indicate the brake pads are wearing unevenly, but bigger problems may exist. Contaminated brake fluid and stuck wheel cylinders can cause similar issues.
A common sign of brake problems is a squealing or grinding noise that occurs when the brakes are applied. This means the brake pads are worn down to the metal, which is a poor way to stop a vehicle.
Most people don’t think about their brakes until they stop working, but it’s important to be on the lookout for problems such as these. At the earliest sign of brake problems, drivers should bring the cars in for service. Call today for more details or to schedule brake diagnosis and repair.