Brake repair is an essential part of car maintenance, but is often overlooked in regular servicing. This is because brakes will wear down slowly over time. So slowly in fact that you wonâ€™t notice it. Because this happens gradually, itâ€™s difficult to notice just how bad your brakes have become until itâ€™s too late.
Below are three signs that you need to keep an eye out for when driving. If you recognise any of these things, then itâ€™s time to book in for a brake repair service.
Strange or unusual noises
You ever hear that high pitched whine coming from some cars? Well that noise is put in there deliberately as a warning! It is an indicator that your brake pad has worn down to a dangerous level. Once you hear this screeching, then itâ€™s time to book in for brake repair. 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 are 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, making the repair job a complicated, expensive one.
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 an oncoming truck. This isnâ€™t uniquely a braking problem, it may be the wheels need alignment, but it could be something wrong with the 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 check in for a brake repair service.
The brake pedal acting differently
Obviously, being connected to the brakes, the brake pedal is a great indicator if anything is wrong under the car. 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 book yourself in for a brake repair service. Keep your family safe on the road this summer!