04 Apr Signs of Failing Brakes
You must recognize the importance of brakes that are in perfect working order. Driving without good brakes puts you and everyone else in danger. Unfortunately, when you’re brakes are bad, it’s only a matter of time before they wear out completely, leaving you unable to stop your vehicle.
Here are some early warning signs that your brakes are starting to fail and that it’s time to get your vehicle to a mechanic to replace them.
You Hear Grinding
The next time you’re approaching a stop sign, turn off your radio and listen to what happens when you press the brake pedal. If you hear a grinding sound, even if it’s faint, it’s time to drive directly to a mechanic for new brakes. The grinding indicates that your brake pads are completely worn out and that each time you use your brakes, metal is grinding against metal.
Your Brakes are Vibrating
One of the first signs that your brakes are wearing out is a slight vibration when you depress the brake pedal. While this is sometimes caused by road conditions, if you notice it throughout your commute, it means that your brake pads are probably worn. The sooner you get your vehicle in for new brake pads, the better the odds that all you’ll need is new pads rather than an entirely new brake setup.
Your car Pulls to One Side When you Brake.
Vehicles pulling to one side while braking isn’t an extremely common problem, but it is troubling. The fact that the car is pulling to one side indicates that one brake is significantly more worn than the other. This means that when the brakes fail, the vehicle will behave erratically, making it significantly more challenging for the driver to navigate to safety. Therefore, you should get your car to a mechanic to replace the worn brake and identify why one side is experiencing so much wear.
Puddles Under Your Car
If you notice a puddle beneath your car, use your brakes with extreme caution. It’s possible that the puddle is brake fluid and that it’s leaking from your vehicle. Don’t assume that because you’ve used your brakes once or twice, the vehicle is acceptable. There could be a little fluid remaining in the line. If you even suspect your brakes are leaking, have your car towed to your mechanic.
Driving with old or damaged brakes is extremely dangerous. If you suspect there’s a problem with your brakes or it’s been a while since you’ve had them inspected, it’s time to set up a repair appointment with us.