Your vehicle's brakes are one of the most important safety features of your vehicle. They allow you to slow down or stop when you need to, and a problem with your brakes can definitely put you at risk for an accident. So when it comes to your vehicle's brakes, how do you know if you have an issue? Is it as simple as hearing a strange noise, or do you need to feel a total loss in brake power to know that your brakes are bad?
The brake system itself runs on many different components, from the brake pads to the rotors to the calipers. All of these parts working together to stop your wheels when you press down on that brake pedal. With all of these working parts enduring so much pressure and heat every time you drive, it's no wonder that they tend to wear down and need to be replaced over time. Brake pads need to be replaced the most often and rotors are also serviced frequently, but other issues can occur, too.
So, what are the signs that your brakes have a problem? Here are the most important to take note of:
- Brake warning light is on
- You hear a squealing or grinding noise when braking
- Your car vibrates or wobbles when braking
- Leaking brake fluid
- Spongy or soft brake pedal
- Hard to press brake pedal
- Car pulls to one side when braking
- Noticeable decrease in brake power, e.g. it takes longer to brake than before
As soon as you notice any of the brake warning signs listed above, it's critical to get your vehicle into Auto Clinic Care for an inspection before the issue progresses. Try not to drive your vehicle too much with a brake problem - ignoring it can make matters worse. We can identify the problem quickly and figure out what is needed to restore your vehicle.
To prevent brake problems from occurring, be sure to have regular brake system inspections performed here at our shop. This helps us catch small issues early on and will ensure your safety on the road. If you need brake repair today, give us a call here at Auto Clinic Care or stop by our shop for professional service!