Safety of You and Others
Not only is your safety at risk when on the road, but others as well. To try and prevent an accident from affecting you and the others around you, make sure to get your brakes inspected at least once a year. Now, this being said, getting your brakes inspected regularly is always a good move, but to keep your eye out for active problems can be just as good as long as you know what to look for. In this article I am going to cover with you seven key problems to look out for as far as your brakes are concerned.
- Do you hear any clicking, squeaking, or grinding noises when applying your brakes?
- If your vehicle pulls to one side while braking, it could be a malfunctioning caliper or different levels of wear on your tires.
- Braking pedal nearly touches the floor before brakes engage.
- Must apply extreme pressure to the pedal for brakes to engage.
- Slight taps on the pedal cause your brakes to grab.
- Braking pedal vibrates or pulses when engaged.
- Brake light is illuminated on your dashboard.
Indications and Causes
Brakes are an item on your vehicle that is just like oil, or headlights, they have to be replaced eventually. Factors that assist brake wear include driving habits, operating conditions, vehicle type, and quality of the lining of your brakes. One of the biggest indicators that your brakes are shot is this function that is installed on most cars, when you need to replace your brake pads, a metal shim called an indicator scrapes your rotor to give you an audible screech. Although, there is a false positive associated with this method, after it rains, or a car wash, a thin layer of rust usually is formed on your brake rotor and this can cause a squeal that sounds like your brakes are out, after stopping your vehicle a few times the sound should go away.
Warping and Vibration
If you go for a long time without replacing your brake pads, eventually your brake and the rotor will make full contact, and this will create a low growling or grinding noise. This can scratch your rotor to the point it will need to be replaced, often a mechanic will suggest turning your rotor to even out the surface, or even replacing the rotor completely. Your rotors can even warp if you are severely braking for long periods, such as when driving down a steep hill or when towing. Tremendous amounts of friction are created under these conditions, and can heat up the rotors to the point they can warp. As a result, you will feel vibration when braking because the brake pads cannot grab the surface evenly.
As an every day driver, it is your responsibility to have your brakes maintained properly, and if any of these symptoms show up while driving, call Asher Automotive to have your brakes inspected!