Whether you’re driving on icy roads or pulling up to the next stop light, you depend on your car’s brakes constantly. Because of their importance, your vehicle’s brakes should always be in top working order. Here, we look at the key signs you need to have your brakes repaired or replaced.
When applying the brakes, do you sometimes hear a screeching sound? This could be a sign that the brake pads need to be replaced. Also listen for a grinding or growling sound coming from your brakes — especially if you’ve been ignoring the screech. Grinding or growling can indicate that your brake pads have been completely worn away, causing your discs and calipers to rub together.
If you notice that your brake pedal is vibrating or jumping when you push it, your vehicle’s brake rotors could be warped. These vibrations feel similar to when your anti-lock brakes are engaged. This issue can be caused by driving down steep mountains or towing heavy loads. Bring your car in immediately — especially if you do either of these actions frequently.
When you use the brake pedal, do you notice your vehicle pulling to one direction or the other? This could be a sign that your brake linings are wearing unevenly or that something is wrong with your brake fluid. Either way, our mechanics can diagnose your vehicle, so make sure you bring it in for a check-up. We can adjust the brakes adjusted or drain and replace your brake fluid.
If you have to push the pedal to the floor before the brakes engage, there is something wrong with your car’s hydraulic system, such as a fluid leak. On the other hand, if your car has hard pedals, there might be a brake line blockage or a problem with the vacuum system. Since brakes are a critical part of driving safely, both hard and soft pedals require service immediately.
Do your car’s brakes need to be repaired or replaced? Come visit our service center at Union Park Honda.