Can you spot the signs of brake trouble with your vehicle? If you can’t, Buckeye Complete Auto Care can help. Identifying brake problems early saves you money at the automotive service shop. It doesn’t matter what make or model you drive. The following is a list of brake problem indicators of which you should always be aware.
Your brake light will turn on when you first start your automobile. This is because the vehicle’s onboard computer is checking every system to ensure you can proceed safely. If the light stays on or illuminates while you’re braking or driving, the brake system has something wrong with it.
Squeaks and Squeals
Your brake pads are designed to make a squealing sound when their surface is getting low. You won’t hear this sound when you brake, however. You’ll hear the sound as you drive. If your brakes squeak or squeal while you’re driving or when you stop, your pads could be wearing down.
Scraping and Wobbling
If you hear a scraping sound when you brake, your pads are worn and their steel backing is grinding against your brake rotors. There may also be a problem with your rotors if you feel your brake pedal or steering wheel wobble or vibrate when you depress the pedal to slow down and stop.
Leaking Brake Fluid
Brake fluid is light brown, dark brown, or black if it’s really dirty and has a slick and oily consistency. If you have this type of fluid leaking onto your garage floor, you might have holes in your brake lines or a leaking master cylinder. You could also have a hole in your brake fluid reservoir.
Spongy Brake Pedal
A spongy brake pedal is also a sign of brake fluid issues. Your brake pedal should feel the same as it did the day you bought your car. If it feels soft or spongy, you might have air bubbles in your brake lines or your brake’s master cylinder might be on the verge of failing.
Right or Left Pulls
If you have a worn caliper, your vehicle may pull to one side or the other when you apply the brakes. This is also a sign that one of your brake hoses has gone bad. If your vehicle pulls to one side or the other when you drive, this isn’t your brakes. It’s a sign your vehicle is out of alignment.
Finally, if you ever smell something burning while you’re driving or braking, pull over to safety right away. A burning smell from your brakes could mean the system is overheating and your brake fluid is reaching boiling temperature. If it does get that hot, your brakes will fail.
If you are experiencing these or any other brake issues, call Buckeye Complete Auto Care for an appointment today.