Signs Indicating a Problem with Your Braking System
No one wants to ride around in a vehicle with bad brakes. You never know when the car in front of you will suddenly stop or when something or someone will run out in front of you making it necessary for you to stop fast. Unfortunately, your brakes are one of those things that you sort of take for granted.
As long as they seem to be working fine, you don’t have anything to worry about, so it’s not something that people think about unless they see a sign letting them know there is a problem. The most obvious sign is when the brake light comes on. When this happens, you know it’s time to see your mechanic but there are other signs indicating a problem with your braking system that’s not quite as obvious.
It Takes Longer to Stop Your Vehicle
After driving your vehicle awhile, you get familiar with the way it rides and the way it stops. You know when you need to apply the brakes to ensure you stop in time without slamming them on. If you begin noticing that it takes longer for you to stop than normal, it could be an indication that you need your brakes checked by a certified mechanic.
Taking longer to stop usually means your brake pads need replaced but since it occurs gradually, it’s easy to miss if you’re not looking for it until they get bad enough to become a safety risk. The best way to ensure your brakes are always working properly is to schedule regular maintenance checks.
The mechanic will check your brake pads, lines and look for signs indicating a problem such as brake dust on your wheels. Here at South Dade Toyota, we offer extended hours for your convenience that includes evenings and weekends to make scheduling maintenance checks with our service center easy.
Beware of Squealing or Grinding Noises
When your brake pads begin to wear thin, you’ll often hear a squealing noise when you apply the brakes. The problem is that some brakes pads squeal a little when they get wet but they’re still in good shape. It can also be something else causing the noise so people tent to ignore it unless it gets worse but that’s not a good idea.
When the squealing noise turns into a grinding sound, it means that your brakes are getting worse. The noises will continue to get louder and eventually it can cause other problems if you don’t get them fixed. When you begin hearing metal grind against metal, it can wear out your rotors, crack the cylinders containing brake fluid or it can damage your brake calipers adding to the cost to fix the vehicle.
More importantly, you might not be able to stop your vehicle when you need to and that could lead to a serious accident. If you hear strange noises when you apply the brake, have it checked out as soon as possible. The longer you drive it that way, the riskier it becomes.
Your braking system is your number one safety feature, so don’t take chances. Schedule regular maintenance checks and have your brakes checked out right away if you notice any of these signs indicating a problem with your braking system.