The brake system is an important safety component of your vehicle. If you ever notice a change in the performance of your brakes or hear a strange noise when pushing the brake pedal, it is vital to have your brake system inspected quickly to protect your safety on the road.
If there is a problem with your brakes, you may notice one or more of the following symptoms:
- Brake pedal goes to the floor
- Brake system light is on
- Loss of brake power
- Spongy or soft brake pedal
- Squealing/grinding noise when braking
- Vehicle pulls to one side/shakes when braking
As soon as you notice a problem with your vehicle’s brakes, be sure to note down any symptoms. It will allow our experts to get a good idea of where exactly the issue is stemming from. The brake warning light will also turn on if a sensor has indicated a problem with the brake hydraulics system.
A squealing noise when braking is usually an indication of brake pad problems. If your brake pads are deteriorated, they will begin to make a metal-on-metal screeching sound when you brake. Brake pads should be replaced as soon as they have deteriorated to avoid damage from occurring to the rotors and other components. The brake pads are also attached to the wheels with brake rotors. Brake rotors will begin to wear naturally with regular use of your vehicle and can be resurfaced when this occurs.
Sliding forward or uneven braking can be an indication of a brake caliper problem. The brake caliper is where the brake pad sits and is also clamped around the rotors in order to connect the two together when you press on the brakes. The calipers have an important job of initiating your car to brake when you apply pressure on the brake pedal. Caliper problems need to be addressed quickly in order to ensure that your brakes will not fail on you while driving.
An overall lack of brake performance can often be caused by brake line issues. Brake lines are what helps to transport hydraulic pressure to the wheel through brake fluid. If the brake lines are cracked or damaged, moisture can get into the brake system from outside, blocking the effect of the brake fluid and causing the brakes to perform poorly or to fail altogether.
Our experts can also help with problems associated with drum brakes. A drum brake system consists of a set of shoes or pads that press outward against a brake drum. Drum brakes are particularly more susceptible to worn out brakes due to the amount of heat that builds up in the system and is retained within. A common issue with drum brakes occurs with the brake shoes. The brake shoe is the part of the system that connects to the wheels. When you step on the brakes, the wheel brake cylinder separates the brake shoes and presses them against the brake drum. Since the brake shoes carry a lot of friction, they will naturally wear over time and will need to be replaced once they are worn out.
If you suspect an issue with your vehicle’s brake system, bring your vehicle to the experts at A-1 Auto Repair Inc. Give us a call or stop by our shop today!