5 Signs Your Car Needs Brake Repair Now
There are studies that show the number one fear while on the road for a majority of American drivers is brake failure, and rightfully so. Could you imagine suddenly losing the ability to slow your car? If this was the case you would all of a sudden become a dangerous projectile. If you experience any of these signs of brake failure do yourself and everyone else on the road a favor and head to the auto repair shop to get necessary repairs completed.
Grinding or Howling Noise
If you hit the brakes and you hear a screeching, grinding or howling noise there is little doubt you're experiencing some serious brake issues. The main cause of this is brake pads that have completely worn down, allowing metal to grind on metal, which is not the means of proper braking. Head to the auto repair shop right away to have the brakes serviced.
As with any dashboard indicator light you should head into the repair shop if the ABS (anti-lock braking system) light comes on. If this light illuminates it means that vehicle sensors are picking up on an issue that could result in brake failure. Don't risk putting off having the error codes read, get to it, now!
Soft or Spongy Brake Pedal
Does the brake pedal seem to rest closer to the floor than it use to? Do you have to press it farther to garner a reaction from the brakes? This often indicates highly worn brake pads but there are worse things this could be caused by. Air in the brake lines can prevent proper stopping but the worst case scenario for this is a brake fluid leak, which is extremely dangerous.
If your vehicle tries to go left or right when you hit the brakes there's reason to believe that your brake pads are wearing in an uneven fashion. However they may also be suffering from dirt or other debris in the brake fluid or a stuck wheel cylinder.
A car that begins to shake when the brakes are applied may have warped brake rotors, often caused by excessive heat. This means the brake pads will not have an even surface to rub against in order to create the necessary friction to properly slow your vehicle.
Brake problems are no joke and they need to be assessed and repaired as soon as they become apparent. For professional brake repair in Vista head to Autotyme Automotive Inc. where we conduct free brake inspections. We are committed to providing you with a safe and reliable vehicle. Make an appointment at Tom's for complete domestic or Japanese auto repair in Vista, Oceanside and throughout north San Diego County by calling (760) 298-5999 today.
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Written and Published By MORBiZ