Brake repair and maintenance is something thatâ€™s often overlooked when it comes to vehicle maintenance. Your brakes will wear down slowly over time, so slowly in fact that you wonâ€™t notice them. Because this wear & tear happens slowly over time, you wonâ€™t realise just how bad things have become. Regular brake repair and inspection is an essential part of car and vehicle servicing.
Weâ€™ve listed below 3 signs that you need to look out for. If you recognise any of these things, then itâ€™s time to give us a call and book in a brake repair service.
You ever hear that high pitched scream coming from some cars? Well that noise is put there deliberately! Itâ€™s a warning indicator in your brake pad that screeches when the pad wears down to a certain level. Once you hear this screaming, then itâ€™s time to replace your brakes. If you donâ€™t then then next sound youâ€™ll hear will be a grinding noise- and now youâ€™re in real trouble. This grinding noise means that your brake pads have completely worn away, and that sound is metal against metal. Once this happens, your brakes will take you a lot longer to stop, and are practically useless in emergency situations. It also damages your rotors, meaning that when you do finally get round to brake repair, a simple job suddenly becomes a complicated, expensive one.
Weâ€™ve all probably experienced this at some point, even if it wasnâ€™t in our own car. Pulling is when the car feels like it has a mind of its own, constantly wanting to pull you over to the side of the road, or if youâ€™re really unlucky, into oncoming traffic. This isnâ€™t uniquely a braking problem, but it could suggest something wrong with your brakes. If it is, then itâ€™s usually because a calliper is stuck, causing friction in one single wheel, and thus pulling you over. If you find the car pulling whilst braking, that could mean that your brake pads are uneven, causing different wheels to slow at different times. Regardless of whatâ€™s causing it, if you feel the car pulling, itâ€™s definitely time to book in for a brake repair.
The brake pedal acting strange
Obviously, being connected to the brakes, the brake pedal is a great way to feel if thereâ€™s anything wrong behind under the hood. If you feel the pedal vibrating, then this could mean your rotors have been warped. This happens over time due to heat and stress; if you tow a lot for example, your rotors will be more likely to warp. If you find your car slamming to a halt at the slightest touch, then that may suggest contaminated brake fluid or an unevenly worn rotor. If the opposite is happening, and you have to push the pedal all the way to the floor before anything happens, then itâ€™s definitely time to book in a brake repair service. This means at the very least your brake pads are worn down, and in really serious situations, it could be brake line obstruction.
So if you notice any of these warning signs, then itâ€™s time to give us a call! Our brake repair service will help keep you and your family safe on the road.