5 Reasons Your Car Might Need Brake Repair
When it comes to automotive comfort and safety, there are 5 reasons your car might need brake repair. DRIVE AutoCare believes you should be aware of the signs of failing brakes. Here are 5 reasons that your vehicle probably needs immediate brake repair:
Brakes squeal when applied
Your brakes are designed to squeal or screech when the brake pads are getting thin. This is often the first sign of brake failure. When you hear squealing or screeching, you should get your car to a local repair shop immediately. Failure to do so may result in larger, more expensive repairs down the road.
Car vibrates when the brakes are applied
If you apply the brakes and you feel shaking, vibrating or other odd motions, you probably have warped rotors. Brake pads grab the rotors to slow your vehicle. Warped rotors will greatly reduce the effectiveness of the brake system.
Howling or grinding noise when braking
When you apply the brakes and you notice howling or grinding noises, you likely have little, if any, brake pad remaining. Thin brake pads cause metal to grind on metal. If this is the case, you will likely need to replace your rotors and pads in order to restore the braking power to its factory condition.
Brake pedal is soft
If a brake pedal has lots of “give” (meaning when you push on it it takes more distance to push it for you to feel a response then when your brakes are new), your brake pads are probably worn down. However, you might also have a more serious issue with the brake system, such as low brake fluid or air in the brake lines.
Car pulls to one side when braking
If you apply the brakes and your car swerves to one side of the road, you might have a brake system problem. The usual culprits include a collapsed brake hose, uneven wear on the brake pads or impurities in the brake fluid. It is important to get the car to a mechanic right away to diagnose the cause and have it repaired.