It would not be entirely accurate to claim that one part of your car is more important than another, as each has an essential role to play. But if you think about it, the most important things your car can do are probably going and stopping. That makes your brakes extremely important. If cars could not stop in time, driving would be far more dangerous than it already is.
Keeping your brakes in good condition is of the utmost importance, which is why you should be able to recognize when they are experiencing issues. We’re here to help you. Here are five signs you need brake repair:
- Vibrating or wobbling- If you feel wobbling or vibration in your steering while applying the brakes, there may be an uneven rotor. Luckily, an uneven rotor is a fairly common problem that can be resolved when you bring your car in for brake repair.
- Squealing or grinding noises- If you hear metal making screeching, squealing, or grinding noises when you brake, your brake pads may be worn-out, so you’ll need brake repair right away.
- Car pulls to one side- When you brake, your car should not pull to one side. If it does, there may be a problem with a caliper, which is meant to squeeze the brake pads against the rotors. Caliper problems can be dangerous, so don’t wait to come in for brake repair if you notice them.
- Thin brake pads- A quick visual inspection of your brake pads can let you know whether you need brake repair. Brake pads that are thinner than 1/4 of an inch should be replaced as soon as possible.
- Spongy brake pedal- Does your brake pedal feel squishy? That often means your brake fluid is leaking. There could also be air or moisture in the brake system. It’s important to resolve this right away.