Understand Brake Safety and the Warning Signs of Impending Brake Trouble
Brake Safety Warning Signs - Brake Maintenance
Brakes are one aspect of your vehicle that you always want to have in than top working condition. Here are some ways to spot warning signs indicating that it’s time to replace that vehicle’s brakes:
Stop, Look, and Listen:
You can check for wear on disc brakes by looking in-between the spaces of the wheel’s spokes. The outside brake pad will be pressed up against the metal rotor and there should be at least ¼ of an inch of break bad showing. If there is less than ¼ an inch of brake pad visible, then you will want to bring your vehicle to the Brighton Ford Service Center and have your brakes inspected and / or replaced. Listen - A high-pitched screeching sound when you apply your brakes could be another indicator that it’s time to replace your brakes. A small metal shim, called an indicator, gives off an audible warning (the screech) to let you know your brake pads have worn thin. Although, there is an exception! If your car has been in or is being exposed to water such as after a car wash, rainstorm, and even snow, a small layer of rust can form. When you first apply your brakes you might hear a similar screeching sound but after a few brake applications the rust should wear off and the sound will disappear.
Other symptoms that’s your brakes or brake pads have worn out and need replacement include:
- Fading or reduced responsiveness: If the pedal sinks towards the floor when you step on the brakes or if your brakes aren’t as responsive as they used to be could mean you have a leak in the brake system. It’s possible that it’s an air leak in the brake hose or a brake fluid leak. You can check underneath your car vehicle when its parked for a small puddle of fluid that looks similar to fresh motor oil, but has a less “slimy” texture.
- Pulling: If your vehicle pulls to one side when you apply the brakes it could be a sign that the brake linings are wearing unevenly or there is a contaminant or debris in your brake fluid. You may need to have your fluid drained and replaced or you may need a brake adjustment.
- Grinding or growling: A loud metallic grinding sound could be an indicator that the brake pads have worn out completely. The noise is from the disc and the caliper rubbing together. This can scratch or score the rotors creating an uneven surface. Your rotors may need to be turned, a process that evens out the rotor surface, to even replaced.
- Vibration: A vibrating or pulsating brake pedal is typically an indication of warped rotors, but can also mean your vehicle is out of alignment. The vibration is similar to the feedback in the brake pedal during a sudden stop in a vehicle with anti-lock brakes.
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