How to Know if You Need Brake Repair

Your brakes are important. Do you know if your brakes are street-safe? Do you know the telltale signs of brake damage? Let’s talk about the clues and what you can do to prevent your needed brake repair from turning into a larger vehicle problem.

Unusual Sounds

Your brakes shouldn’t make any sound when you use them, so if you hear anything during normal use, like a screeching, grinding or squealing sound, your brake pads have probably worn down to the metal.

Not-So-Good Vibrations

If you feel a vibration through the steering wheel when you apply the brake, your rotor or drum surface is probably uneven. Warping can be caused by unusually high temperatures, worn brake pads or when the rotor or drum is pitted by rust.

Longer Stopping Distance

Is it taking longer for you to come to a complete stop? When there’s water in the brake line, a leak in the brake fluid hose or worn out pads or drums, you may feel like your pedal is soft or spongy when applied.

Car Pulls

If your car pulls to the left or right when you brake, this may indicate a caliper or drum failure. When the pressure required to brake isn’t distributed equally, this can cause uneven pull.

Hard Pedal

We talked about a soft pedal, but if you find that you’re exerting too much effort to brake when slowing down or stopping, that’s a problem, too?

Burning Smell

If you’re traveling down an incline that requires consistent hard braking, and you can smell a strong burning odor, your brakes could be overheating. You need to pull over and let them cool, as failure to do so can lead to an expensive brake failure.

So, how can you prevent this from happening? Routine scheduled maintenance is the best preventative measure you can take. If you experience any of these symptoms or want to set up routine maintenance for your vehicle, contact Phil’s Pro Auto Service today for a brake inspection.

Written by Phil's Pro Auto Service