Signs You Need to Check Your Brakes
Safety is the most important thing for drivers, constant monitoring of a vehicles steering, engine and of course the brakes. Brakes are probably the most crucial part of your car. If you’re driving down a motorway at a hundred and twenty kilometres an hour any malfunction of the brake system could be fatal. Looking out for warning signs in the braking system and catching problems early will not only save you money in the long run, but it also could save your life. Below are some of the most common warning sign to look out for:
This may seem like an obvious one, but it can’t be stressed enough. If you hear anything unusual you should always investigate. A high pitch squealing sound is an early indicator that brake pads need to be replaced. If you don’t take heed of this early warning it may become a growling or grinding sound eventually which means you’ve completely gone through your brake pads and the metal of callipers are grinding against the rotor. This can cause extensive damage to the car and if not caught early is expensive to fix.
Vibrations coming through the pedals as brake is a sign of warped rotors. The vibrations are a result of the brake pads not being able to grab the rotors evenly.
If you ever feel like the car is pulling to one side when driving or breaking it may be because something is stuck in the callipers, the brake linings are wearing unevenly, or some foreign matter is stuck in the brake fluid.
If brakes start to feel less responsive and sink into the car this could be an indicator or a leak in the brake fluid or that it needs to be replaced. Look out for any puddles of brake fluid that appear under the car when it’s park.
If you notice any of the issues above or suspect there may be a problem with the braking system call your nearest garage. Remember safety is the number one concern when driving.