Learn the Most Common Brake Problems
Learning the most common brake problems can help you avoid anything from high future repair costs to serious accidents. Here’s what you should look for.
Common Signs of Brake Problems
- Odd Braking Noises: Notice grinding, squealing, or screeching noises when you press down the brake pedal? That’s an indication of metal-on-metal contact, so your brake pads and shoes probably need to be inspected.
- Vibration and Pulsation: You might feel vibration or pulsation through the brake pedal or steering wheel. This is another sign of metal-on-metal contact, only this time it’s usually caused by warped rotors. Again, get the system inspected as soon as possible.
- Unpleasant Smells: Pungent burning smells usually mean that your brakes are worn down or that you’re low on brake fluid. You might also notice a sharp chemical odor after frequent hard braking on steep roads.
- Active Brake Warning Light: Warning lights are easy to ignore, but don’t yield to temptation. Consider the brake warning light your first line of defense against high repair costs in the future.
- Leaking Fluid: Fluid can leak from the master cylinder or elsewhere along the brake system. Since it creates the power for your brakes, any leaks are a serious problem. If you notice fluid puddling under your car, take it in for an inspection.
- Soft Pedal: Several issues, including air or moisture in the system and master cylinder problems, can result in a softer feel to your braking pedal. It may be spongy or need to be pushed down further than normal.
- Pulling to Left or Right: When your brake calipers aren’t applying equal pressure during braking, your vehicle can pull to one side.
Cornerstone Plymouth Can Diagnose and Repair Brake Problems
As a driver, it isn’t your responsibility to diagnose exactly what’s wrong with your brakes, but you do need to schedule service if you notice any of the common warning signs listed above as you hit the brakes across Maple Grove, Minnetonka, and Brooklyn Park. Check out our latest service specials or contact us today for further advice.