Is it Time to Replace Your Brakes?

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How do you know when it’s time to get your brakes replaced? If they are squeaking or making disturbing grinding noises when you step on the pedal, it might be time for a replacement.

However, it must be noted that there are many things that can lead to brake failure the most common of which is loss of fluid pressure. Hydraulic pressure is needed for your brakes to work that’s why if there’s a leak somewhere in the system, the fluid pressure won’t be enough for the brakes to work properly. Rust and corrosion can affect the brakes too.

To understand brake failure better, one must know how all the components work and how they are connected. The brake pedal is attached to the pistons and the pistons are attached to the brakes. If something is wrong in any of the parts, you can be sure that your brakes will fail at one point. Brakes that are in good condition stop a vehicle by applying friction. If something interferes with the friction produced by this car component, brake failure is inevitable. Oil, grease, hot spots, thin brake pads, can cause braking problems.  Below are some of the common signs of brake failure:

  • Poor braking performance
  • Squeaking/squealing/ grinding noises
  • Pulsation during braking
  • Clicking noises when braking
  • Grabbing
  • ABS light for antilock brakes is on
  • Loss of brake pedal
  • Loss of power assist

Grinding noises coming from your brakes is an indication of worn pads. If you hear your brakes making such noises, it is imperative that you have them checked. However, it must be noted that car owners shouldn’t wait until they hear grinding noises before bringing their vehicles to a mechanic. Brake checks should be done every six months or as often as your car’s maintenance schedule allows.

If the vehicle is grabbing to one side, there is a big possibility that your brakes are no longer working the right way. One reason can be maladjustment but it can also be due to any of the following: fluid leak, frozen brake or emergency brake cables, oil or grease on the brake pads or shoes.

The Dangers of Brake Failure

Brake failure can cause minor accidents to serious collisions that lead to serious injuries. It can also lead to property damage which includes the vehicle itself and possibly some trees, road signs, or power lines.

Have Your Brakes Checked Today

If you notice that your vehicle now takes a longer time to brake, do come into any of our locations to have them checked. If the brake warning light keeps turning on when you try to brake, please do not ignore it.

It must be noted that car owners can hear grinding noises because of moisture coating the brakes. These noises can also be caused by dirt, grime, and rust. Dirt and rust can also enter the ABS modulator and cause brake failure later on.

There are many possibilities but the best way to tell if your brakes are still okay is to go to an ASE-certified mechanic ASAP. While it is easy for most drivers to tell if their brakes already need replacement, Driver’s Edge can give more information as to what is wrong.