When it comes to your car's safety, brakes are at the top of the list of systems that need to be monitored. These conditions can cause longer stopping distances and difficult stopping in an emergency situation. However many people are not aware of the warning signs that indicate maintenance or repair may be needed.
Grinding: A metallic grinding sound indicates your brake pads are worn through. Continued driving with this condition not only causes further damage, it is also dangerous.
Squealing: A high pitch squeal noise heard at slow speed without brake pedal contact, means that the brake pads are down to the recommended wear replacement. There is a warning tab manufactured on the pad that rubs against the rotor to alert you. The noise usually goes away when the brake pedal is actuated.
Low or Fading Brake Pedal: Do you pump your brakes to stop? Does the pedal sink to the floor when you're stopped at a light? You could have a leak, and air in the brake lines or the master cylinder is leaking internally. Any of these symptoms can be dangerous.
Pulling to One Side or Brake Drag: This condition is most often caused by a stuck caliper slides or pistons. The stuck caliper will not apply the same pressure as the other. Correcting this condition early on can save rotors from damage.
Brake Warning Light: Red warning light could indicate an imbalance in the system. An amber warning light could indicate a problem with the ABS system.
Remember to have your brakes checked any time you notice any of these conditions. At Honest1 we have the expertise and the proper diagnostic equipment to keep you and your family safe on the road.