Having a healthy braking system on your vehicle is essential to the safety of everyone on the road. When braking problems occur, they demand immediate attention. Too many accidents or collisions occur due to a neglected braking system. Often when a braking problem develops, the vehicle will provide some kind of warning signs that should never be ignored. Today Citywide Towing Service would like to share a few common warning signs that you have a problem in the braking system that you should not ignore.
Brake Warning Light Stays On
Most modern vehicles will have a dashboard brake light warning icon. As many modern vehicle is a computer on wheels, a number of braking problems can be detected and an icon will flash or turn on that will warn the driver of the problem. When the warning light comes on, do not think it is a minor issue and keep driving. Look at the brakes yourself for any signs of brake pad wear, brake fluid leaks, and other issues. If you cannot detect the problem, then take your vehicle to your local mechanic.
Squealing, Grinding or Rumbling Sound when Braking
When the brakes make a loud noise each time you stop, it is never a good sign. When brakes make a squealing, squeaking, or grinding noise, this indicates a major problem. When the brakes begin to make noise it is more often than not due to the brake pads that are worn down and need replacing. Brake pads can last between 3 to 5 years. However, for those who have a tendency to ride their brake a lot, you may need to replace your brakes more often. When brakes squeal or squeak, this is often the earlier warning signs the brake pads need to be changed. Grinding is very bad, grinding means you can now damage the rotors. Never let the brakes grind down the rotor as they will need to be replaced which is very expensive. Whenever your brakes make a noise while braking it is best to have them checked and the brake pads replaced.
What Do Spongy Brakes Feel Like?
When you apply the brake do you feel a wobbling, vibration, scraping or brakes feel soft? If you can feel any one of these sensations from the brakes, you are in some trouble. Vibration from the wheel while braking may point to uneven rotors. If the rotors are uneven in most cases they will need to be replaced. Rotors must be very smooth and of an even thickness to ensure the vehicle’s braking system functions properly. When the rotors are uneven you may also feel a bumping sensation while braking. When you are braking and it is not smooth, have the rotors checked. In some cases, the vibrations or bumping can also be caused by unbalanced tires which is a much easier fix.
Other Braking Warning Signs not to Ignore
Some other warning signs that you have a major braking problem can also be leaking brake fluid, a spongy or soft braking pedal, the car may pull to one side when braking, or you may notice a burning smell. When any one of these problems occur, often the braking system is to blame.
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It is essential to maintain your vehicle’s braking system. Never ignore these common warning signs that your brakes are in trouble. For those who require timely towing or roadside assistance services, contact Citywide Towing Service today.