It’s pretty common knowledge that your brakes are one of the most important parts of your vehicle, along with its steering and engine. That being said, it’s also a well-known fact that things can go very wrong, very quickly in the event that your brakes fail. Luckily, there are a few signs your car gives that can give you a head’s up of any occurring or upcoming problems with your car’s brakes. Here are some of the warning signs that your brakes are failing and your vehicle is need of servicing.
If you’re noticing any of the following signs from your vehicle, it’s important that you take it in to a trusted mechanic right away to get the problem addressed. Having your brakes checked regularly is another way to avoid accident and injury.
If you’re hearing a grinding or squealing noise from your brakes when you use them, that’s a sign that you might need to have the adjusted or replaced. Grinding is a sign that your brake pads are worn and need replacing. If you go too long without addressing this problem, you might run into some expensive replacements.
The ABS warning light on your dashboard lighting up (when your anti-lock braking system isn’t in use) is a sign that you’re running low on brake fluid. Having low fluid usually means that there’s a leak in your brake lines, which can lead to serious problems.
When braking, if your car pulls to one side, your brakes are likely maladjusted, you have a leak in your brake fluid or your brakes are worn and need replacing.
If it becomes more difficult to press down on the brake pedal, or it has a “spongy” feeling, this is a sign that there’s air in your brake lines or you’re low on brake fluid. Be sure to have your master cylinder and brake lines checked if this is the case.
If you notice that your steering wheel, brake pedal or even your entire car starts shaking or vibrating when you’re braking, this is a sign your brake rotors are warped and should be replaced.
As we mentioned earlier, if you run into any of these problems, be sure to contact our service staff here at Apollo Auto Sales as soon as possible so that we can check out your brakes and make any necessary repairs. And as always when it comes to cars, you’re much better off playing it safe than sorry, so be sure to get your brakes checked once or twice a year, even if you aren’t noticing any of these issues.
If you have any questions or concerns about your brakes, or are looking to buy or sell a used car or truck, feel free to give us a call or contact us here.