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Jul 7, 2014

Seven Signs Your Brakes Need Servicing

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Brakes might not be the most exciting or alluring component of our cars, but that doesn’t mean they’re not important. After all, a short stopping distance can mean the difference between a scary close call and a serious accident. Don’t leave the condition of your brakes to chance. Keep an eye out for these warning signs, and you can stay ahead of any serious problems that could get you in danger.

Brakes Servicing

  1. Break warning light on the dashboard – This may be an obvious one, but it bears repeating. If the warning light for your breaks turns on (or any other warning light, for that matter), don’t just ignore it. It could indicate a serious problem, and you should have it looked at by a mechanic.
  2. A bad and unusual smell coming from the wheels – If you notice a burning or chemical smell, something might be rubbing that shouldn’t be.
  3. Noisy brakes – On your brake calipers is a small piece of metal that acts as an indicator to replace your bake pads. When the pads are getting thin, this indicator will start making a high-pitched squeal when you apply the brakes. Don’t delay in getting your pads replaced once you hear this noise. If you wait too long, the pads may wear out completely and then the metal calipers will start scraping the rotor. This will make a grinding noise, not to mention cause more expensive damage to the rotors.
  4. Pedal sensitivity – Pay attention to the feedback you get when you press the brake pedal. If it feels too soft or if it feels too catchy you should have the breaks examined. In either case you may have a problem with the hydraulic brake line or with the brake rotors.
  5. “Pulling” – Does your car pull to the left or right when you are diving or breaking? It could indicate a stuck caliper, a problem with the hydraulic hose or unevenly worn pads that causes one or more of your breaks to work more or less effectively than the others. Pulling could also come from other problems associated with wheel alignment, tires, or suspension. In any case, you should get your car looked at by a mechanic.
  6. Pad or rotor wear – You may be able to see through the openings in the rim to check the break pads or the rotor for wear or damage. The pads should be at least a quarter inch thick. If they are getting too thin, or if there are gouges or grooves in the rotor, they might need servicing or replacement.
  7. Vibrations – Steady vibrations from anti-lock breaks engaging and disengaging during sudden, intense breaking are normal. However, if you feel vibrations during regular breaking, you may have a damaged rotor or misaligned wheels.

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