We count on our brakes to be functional and reliable each and every time we step into the car. This is the tool that keeps us — and the drivers and pedestrians around you for that matter — safe when you’re on the road. Unfortunately, this vital function isn’t completely immune to mishaps and it is important to understand and be aware of the signs that tell us our braking system needs repair.
The good thing about brakes is that they generally give you hints when something needs to be addressed. The following are a few common symptoms of a braking system that is not functioning properly:
- Car pulling off to one side when you brake?
- Brake pedal pulsate when you apply pressure to the brake?
- Brake make a noise when you press it?
- ABS or brake warning light come on?
- Brakes require pumping in order to be effective?
- Brake usage result in smoking?
- Brakes grind and emit a ‘pinging’ metallic sound?
If you experience any of the following symptoms, it’s important to get your brake’s repaired as soon as possible. Continuing to drive when you are aware of brake performance issues places both yourself and those you share the road with in an unsafe driving situation. Be courteous to others on the road and address any braking issues with your vehicle immediately as this is one aspect of your vehicle’s performance that should never be overlooked.
If you are not experiencing any symptoms of brake failure it is still a good idea to have your braking system inspected to avoid issues before they happen. Most certified automotive repair facilities offer free 21 point safety inspections with every oil change , where they will inspect your braking system. Make sure to ask the person you drop your vehicle off with to have the technicians perform a brake inspection to avoid problems before they occur! To speak with an expert on braking systems about any questions you may have, click here.