Brake Trouble Warning Signs
Your brake system will give you warning signs that it’s in trouble, and those signs should never be ignored. It’s always better to be safe than sorry! Here are indications that your car may be in need of brake service:
- Vibrating Pedal – If you feel vibrations in your brake pedal similar to the pulsing you’d feel when using your anti-lock brake system (when you’re not using the ABS), there could be a problem with your brakes. This is a sign of worn rotors thrumming against your brake pads.
- Pulling – If your car pulls to one side or another when you apply the brakes, this could be a sign that you have a stuck caliper causing friction on one wheel. It could also mean that you have a collapsed brake hose or uneven brake pads.
- Pedal Resistance – If it takes a lot of effort to depress the brake pedal, you could have a vacuum system problem or an obstruction in your brake line.
- Easy Pedal – If it feels as though the slightest tap sends the brake pedal to the floor, you could have worn brake pads or an issue with your hydraulic system, such as a fluid leak. You can check for leaking brake fluid (which is light colored) by leaving a light colored piece of cardboard underneath the car overnight.
- Noises – If your brakes are squealing, this could be a sign that your brake pads are worn. It’s always important to have your brakes checked when you hear squealing, for once that squealing turns to grinding, the brake pads are completely worn and damage is potentially being done. Having brake pads replaced is much less involved than having your entire brake system replaced.
Even if your brakes appear to be running smoothly, it’s still important to have them serviced yearly so as to ward off any potential problems.