Signs of poor brakes should not be overlooked. When you own a vehicle, maintaining the brakes is one of the most important safety features. Unfortunately brake maintenance is often overlooked by drivers. Maintaining the cars
brake system can help to prevent costly repairs in the long run, and can keep the car in the best form to avoid a collision.
There are some signs you might notice of an issue with the brakes. If when you press your foot down on the brake pad, and feel vibration or constant grabbing when you attempt to apply the brakes. The vibrations are caused by worn out brakes, or brake pads that are warped due to heat. In the case of pulsating brakes, sometimes the brake pads are re-machined to remedy the problem.
Another sign is when the brakes start making a clicking noise when the brakes are applied. All car manufacturers install a device that prevents brake pads from rattling upon depression of the brakes. When you hear a rattling or clicking noise upon depression of the brakes, this is an indicator that the pads need to be replaced with new brake pads.
In addition to a clicking noise, drivers should also listen for a high-pitched, screeching noise when the brake pedal is fully pushed down. The small metal shim surrounding the brake pads is causing this unpleasant sound, it acts as an indicator to alert drivers that they need to replace the brake pads. If you hear a grinding or growling sound when the brake pedal is pressed then it is bad news, the brakes pads are not the only part that now needs replacing. The grinding or growling sound is usually caused by the brake disc and the brake caliper rubbing together, this is because the brake pad is completely worn down.
Although a car pulling to one side of the road can indicate a few different things, such as wheel alignment is out, it could and often indicates that a driver needs the brake pads replacing. If the vehicle is being pulled to one side without using the steering wheel when the car is under breaking, this indicates that the brake pads have worn unevenly and need replacing. If a car is simply pulling while you drive at a constant speed, without applying the brakes, this pulling usually indicates a different repair issue.
No matter what issue you notice with your vehicle, make sure to schedule an appointment so we can inspect it for you. This will help to ensure your vehicle is working as efficiently as possible, as well as being safe.