Brake repair is an essential part of looking after your car, but is often overlooked in regular service and maintenance. This is because brakes will wear down slowly over time. So slowly in fact that you wonâ€™t notice it happening. Because this wear and tear happens so gradually, itâ€™s difficult to notice just how bad your brakes have become until the situation is dire.
Below are three warning signs that, if you notice them, you need to act immediately. If you recognise any of these things, then call us and weâ€™ll set a time for you to come in for a brake repair service.
Unusual or strange noises
Has your car ever give off a high pitched scream? Well that noise is put there on purpose! Itâ€™s a warning indicator in your brake pad that squeals when the pad wears down to a dangerously low level. Once you hear this screaming, then itâ€™s time to call in for a brake repair service. If you donâ€™t then next sound youâ€™ll hear will be a grinding noise- and now youâ€™re in real trouble. That grinding noise means that your brake pads are completely shot, and that sound is metal grinding 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 more complicated, and a LOT more expensive.
The wheel pulling to the side
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 on-coming truck. This isnâ€™t uniquely a braking problem, it may be the wheel 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 strange
Obviously, being connected to the brakes, the brake pedal is a great indicator if anything below par underneath 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.