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Brake System Failure Symptoms That Signal Danger

Whether ABS, disc, or drum, you rely on your car, truck, or utility vehicle’s brakes every time you drive it. Brake inspections are recommended every 15,000 miles because you cannot afford to have this crucial safety system fail on you. Louisville Automotive Shop would be happy to inspect and service your brakes because we never want you to deal with any of the following signs of danger.

Leaks

To determine whether your brake fluid is leaking out of the system, raise your hood and check the brake fluid reservoir. If the fluid is low, you either have a leak or your brake pads are worn. If the leak is bad enough, you will notice light brown or dark brown spots on your garage floor near your wheels.

Pulling

Pulling while you are driving is your wheel alignment. Pulling when you apply the brakes means you have a stuck caliper, an uneven rotor, or possibly another problem in your brake system. Your vehicle should not veer toward the right or left when you apply the brakes. It should keep going straight.

Scrapes

Scraping sounds are also often described as grinding noises, and they mean that the surface on your brake pads is completely gone. This can make stopping your automobile more difficult and damage the rotors. Have your brake pads replaced right away if you hear scraping.

Smells

New brake pads will emit an odor the first few times you use them, but then you shouldn’t smell anything at all when you apply your brakes. If you smell something hot, such as burning chemicals or hot material, your brakes are overheating. Stop driving your automobile because your brakes might fail.

Sponginess

Sponginess in the brake pedal or other changes in the resistance that it gives you can mean that your master cylinder is going bad or you have air in the brake hoses. Your brake pedal should only sink to about 1 1/2 inches from the floor. If it sinks further, you’ve got a problem.

Squeals

Squealing brakes can mean the roads are wet, the brake pads are worn, or your brakes are overheating. Squealing brakes can also indicate that there is a problem with the brake pad insulation. Your brakes shouldn’t squeal. If they do constantly, schedule a brake inspection.

Vibrations

Finally, you should never feel vibration or shaking when you stop your car, truck, or C/SUV. Wobbling, especially in your steering wheel or in the brake pedal, indicates a caliper problem. It can also be a sign that your rotors are warped and this can affect your ability to slow down and stop.

Your “ABS” or “Brake” dashboard light might also come on if your vehicle’s brake system is struggling. Call Louisville Automotive Shop in Louisville, KY, right away to schedule a brake inspection.

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