Brakes are crucial to the performance and safety of your car. Good braking system allows for smooth transition from a certain speed to a sudden stop. Brake-related reasons account for 22% (or 10,000) of car accidents, according to the U.S. Department of Transportation National Highway Traffic Safety Administration. Clearly, it’s essential to maintain this key system.
But how do you know if your brakes are going to get you in trouble on the road? Here four signs that signals the need for repair.
1. An Unusual Noise When Braking
If you notice that you always hear some grinding or howling noise when braking, then this could be a sign that your braking system has some problem. A high-pitched sound means you need new brake pads. The sound is loud enough for you to hear even while your windows are up. If the sound persists, you need to take your car to a brake repair garage.
Your car shouldn’t shimmy and shake—even when you're playing good tunes. A car that vibrates, and intensifies its vibration when you apply the brakes means a problem with the rotor brake or rotors. This occurs due to wear and tear; the rotor distorts, making it harder for the brake pads and calipers to get an even grip. The result is a “dancing” car.
3. Reduced Responsiveness
If you notice your car’s brake system is not responding properly, then this could be an indication that there is a leakage or breakage in the system.
4. Your Car is Pulling to One Side
When your car is pulling to one side after you apply the brakes, this could indicate that the brake linings have worn out one side. Other causes of this include the presence of impurities in the brake fluid and collapsing of the hose, among others.
The signs above are the common signs that your car’s brake system needs immediate repair. But before your car begins to make an unusual noise, shimmies and shakes, or pulls to one side, take it into a reliable auto repair shop for maintenance. This way, you ensure the safety of your vehicle and even improve its performance.