Having brakes in a good working condition is essential for safe driving, it helps especially when the roads are rough and in an emergency. Your car will give you early warning signs when there are any problems with the brakes, just make it proper.
Here are a few signs of brake problems,
Brake Light Is Staying On
If the brake light indicator appears on your dashboard, then you have to maintain it properly or it will be a huge alert to a potential problem. Most modern vehicles have two different warning lights that will appear on the dash, which are Anti Lock Braking System (ABS) or the brake system warning light. If you repeatedly see the warning lights then contact a local repair shop or an expert as they’re equipped with the right equipment.
Squealing or Squeaking Noises
New noises coming from your brakes aren’t always a sign of problems. If a pebble or debris is lodged in your brakes, this noise can be produced. It could also be your brake-pad wear indicator. These tiny metals in your brake pad connect with the rotor to produce a high-pitched noise when you apply the brakes. You must be alert that it’s time to get your brake pads replaced.
If you allow your brake pads to fully wear down, you’ll hear metal grinding noise, which means your rotors are getting damaged. If you’re experiencing grinding, contact a brake specialist immediately to ensure you don’t cause further damage to your braking system.
Leaking brake fluid is a sign that your master cylinder needs to be replaced. The master cylinder is where your brake fluid sits, and the braking power comes from the hydraulic pressure between the cylinder and brake lines. If you’re leaking fluid, then it would be challenging for you to stop the vehicle.
Burning Smell While Driving
A burning smell from wheels and brakes is due to overheating in your brakes or clutch, as soon as you get the smell try to stop the vehicle. If you continue to drive it can lead to total brake failure. If you begin to smell or see smoke from your brakes, pull over immediately and inspect your brakes.
Spongy or Soft Brakes
While pressing on the brakes, you want to feel some resistance. But, if they feel soft or the pedal goes all the way to the floorboard, then there might be air or moisture in the braking system. It may be due to the problems with the master cylinder. Take immediate attention to ensure the safety of both yourself and those driving around you.
Car Pulling to One Side When Braking
A pulling sensation to one side while braking might be due to a caliper or faulty brake hose, which will produce uneven pressure to one side. You’ll need a brake specialist to diagnose the exact issues,contact a local shop or service as soon as possible.