Car owners hardly pay attention to preventing maintenance by ignoring regular brake servicing. When they realize that there is a problem with the brakes, it is already too late. If you are a car owner, here are the top 5 warning signs that indicate something is wrong with the brakes and that there is probably a need for brake repair or replacement.
1. Brake Warning Lights
If the brake warning light or ABS (Anti Braking System) light is flashing on the dashboard, it means there is something wrong with the braking system of your car. It may also flash due to low brake fluid or a leaky fluid reservoir. If you see the brake warning light flash on the dashboard, it makes sense to stop the car immediately at a safe place and call for brake servicing assistance from a professional.
2. Unusual Noises
When applying brakes, if you hear screeching, grinding, or squealing noise, it is probably due to the worn-out braking pads. The heat and friction may cause the brake pads to wear out. The screeching noise should be regarded as an indication that it is time for brake pads to change.
3. Brake Pedal Problems
Another warning sign of the brake dying is if the brake pedal feels too spongy (loose) or hard to press.
Either one of these issues may indicate the following:
- Air has entered the brake line and brake fluid.
- The master cylinder seal is broken.
- Low brake fluid.
Any of these problems may be catastrophic in nature. Hence, they need to be fixed immediately by a professional technician during brake servicing.
Even if the brake pedal has lost a little bit of its stiffness, brake repair is essential to avoid any major problems at a later stage.
4. Vibrations During Braking
When you apply the brakes, if the steering wheel, brake pedal, or the entire car starts vibrating, it indicates a dying brake. The vibration of the brake pedal may be due to worn-out brake pads, warped brake rotors, and stuck brake callipers.
Failing brake callipers will cause the steering wheel to vibrate when brakes are applied. Out-of-balance brake rotors may be the possible reason behind the vibration of the brake pedal and the entire car. To avoid one or any of these issues, it is necessary to get brake servicing done periodically (at least twice a year).
5. A Car Being Pulled to One Side
When applying brakes, if the car is getting pulled to one side, it may possibly be due to one or a combination of these reasons.
- Low tire pressure
- Unbalanced brakes
- Worn out brake pad
- Stuck brake calliper
- Low brake fluid
To avoid any of these issues, it is best to go for brake servicing regularly and fix the problems before they get worse.
When the brakes of your car are in good condition, you can enjoy a smooth, comfortable, and safe drive on the road. Share the challenges that you are experiencing with the brakes, and get brake servicing in Regina done on a regular basis.
Book an appointment today at Urban Lube for an oil change, brake service, wiper change, tire change and much more.