Seven Indications Your Brakes Are Going Bad
Faulty brakes pose a serious safety hazard putting everyone in your vehicle at risk. Unfortunately, most vehicle maintenance focuses on keeping your vehicle running not stopping.
Fortunately, it????????s easy to keep your brakes in top-shape if you know the seven warning signs to listen and look for.
1. A high pitched squeal every time you come to a stop. Brake pad manufacturers put a little piece of metal called an indicator on the pad. When the pad wears down to approximately a quarter-inch thick, that indicator makes contact with the rotor and squeals. This is a good time to make an appointment for brake repair before damage is done to your brake system.
2. A grinding noise when you apply the brake. This grinding noise could mean the metal on the pad base is exposed and is grinding against the rotor. Sometimes a small rock or other debris can get inside the brakes and cause these noises. But don????????t assume the best and keep driving. A quick brake inspection will determine the cause of the noise.
3. A shaking or vibration in the steering wheel when you apply the brakes. This could be caused by a misalignment between the pad and rotor. Get to your brake shop quickly. There are very few times when braking causes vibrations that can be safely ignored.
4. Your foot goes to the floor when applying the brakes. This is caused by air in the brake lines. It can be caused from brake wear, or can happen during brake repair. Either way, don????????t wait, the air needs to be bled from the line ASAP!
5. A bad metallic smell when you apply the brakes. Brake inspection time.
6. Your car pulls to the left or right when you apply the brakes. This could be a misaligned caliper or a collapsed brake hose. Get your car to your mechanic as quickly as possible.
7. Spots near the wheels, in unusual places under your car, or excessive grime accumulating on your tires and wheels. These can all be indications of leaking brake fluid. Never ignore a suspected brake fluid leak.
If you experience any of the above signs of bad brakes, contact us online or call us today. The brake specialists at Jack????????s Tire and Oil are highly trained, experienced, honest, and reliable. Let us help you stop your car.