The brakes are one of the most important systems in a vehicle, as they help ensure your safety on the road. Your vehicle's brake system should be inspected by an auto service, such as Heritage Auto Pro, at the first sign of trouble to ensure optimal safety and proper performance. Here are four signs to look out for that indicate you may have a brake problem:
Vibration When You Brake
One telltale sign that your vehicle's brakes need to be inspected is if you experience a vibrating sensation whenever you put pressure on the brake pedal. This problem can be caused by a variety of issues including but not limited to:
Brake pads sticking to the rotors.
Warped or bent rotors.
Worn brake pads.
Brake shoes slightly out of place.
While the feeling of vibration while on the road could also be due to a general alignment problem, the vibrations would be felt all the time whether you're braking or not. If the vibration is felt only when you brake, the chances are high that your problem is within the braking system itself.
Another good reason to take your vehicle in for a brake inspection as soon as possible is reduced responsiveness when you're coming to a complete stop. You may have to put quite a bit more pressure on the brake pedal than you used to. It also might feel like you have to start stopping a lot sooner in order to come to a complete stop in time. If either of these instances seem familiar, it's time to take your vehicle in to have its brakes inspected.
Squealing or Groaning
When the wear sensors on your brake pads come into contact with your rotors due to extensive pad wear, you might start hearing squealing or groaning noises anytime the brakes are engaged while you're on the road. If the brake pads have worn so thin that there isn't any material left, you may even hear a scary screeching noise that can be heard for blocks. Take your vehicle in for a brake inspection as soon as you start hearing even the slightest groaning or squealing so you can avoid the loud screeching sounds.
If the pins, bolts, or clips that hold your brake pads in place come loose, it can result in a clanking or clicking noise that may be there at all times when you drive and gets louder any time you slow down or stop. When loose, these pieces can get lodged and create more damage within your braking system that makes driving unsafe. So, it's a good idea to have your brakes checked out as soon as any rattling or clicking noises become apparent.