It goes without saying that your brakes are one of the most important parts of your car… you always need them to be in full working order!
If you are having any issues at all with your brakes, you should immediately book your vehicle in for a brake inspection, otherwise your safety, and that of your passengers, is at risk.
The brake hydraulic system multiplies the force of your foot on the brake pedal, creating a force that engages the brakes and makes the car slow or stop. During the process, a stopping car can heat the brakes up to 510°c, so brake pads are made up of special materials that won’t melt at high temperatures such as this.
Throughout your vehicles lifespan, you will encounter different problems with your brakes. It’s important to stay on top of brake maintenance and make sure they are working smoothly and properly. Some of the signs of brake problems include:
- brake light on your dash: perhaps the most obvious, but don't ignore this warning sign. Get to see us as soon as possible!
- squealing, squeaking or grinding noises: if you're hearing noises you don’t usually hear, this could mean your brake pads are worn out.
- wobbling, vibration and scraping in the steering wheel when breaking: this is a major sign; you want the rotors to be smooth when breaking.
- leaking fluid: this might be a sign that your brake fluid needs replacing, which can impact your braking.
- soft brake pedal: a difference in resistance in the brake pedal is a sign you need to come and see us immediately; this could be a problem with the master cylinder or the braking system.
- burning smell: a burning smell is never good, and a sign that you need to come and see us!
Having problems with brakes can quickly turn into a dangerous and expensive problem, which is why when you do experience issues, you should get it checked out.