While you will never hear someone boast about the braking system on their car, the fact is, your brakes are one of the most important parts of your vehicle. After all, it doesn’t matter how good your vehicle looks cruising down the road if you are unable to come to a safe stop. Thankfully, learning to listen to the warning signs of poor brake performance can help you to easily determine when it is time to have your braking system checked and ultimately avoid brake failure. Below you will learn more about these early warning signs and what each of them is trying to tell you.
Warning Sign – Your Vehicle Is Pulling To The Left Or Right
There are many different reasons why your vehicle may pull in one direction or another, such as poor alignment. However, this problem can also be caused by a problem with your brakes. More specifically, this problem can be caused by a stuck caliper. This is the part of your braking system that works together with your rotors to actually squeezes your brake pads. If one of these calibers becomes stuck or jammed, you will feel your vehicle pull in one direction or the other, especially when executing a stop.
While this problem may turn out not to be brake related, it is always better to be safe than sorry.
Warning Sign – Your Brake Petal Vibrates
When you press the brake petal, you should feel your vehicle gliding to a smooth stop. If instead you encounter a vibrating petal, this could be a sign of brake failure in your near future if you do not act quickly. This is because as your rotors begin to wear down, they will often warp in an uneven pattern. As this uneven surface moves against your brake pads, it will result in vibrations that can be felt in your brake petal, even when you are not actively braking.
It is quite possible to experience this problem without any noticeable change in the way your vehicle stops. Do not be fooled by good braking distance. If you feel vibrations in your brake petal, go and have your brakes checked as soon as possible.
Warning Sign – Vehicle Stops Too Slowly Or Too Quickly
Most people know that if their vehicle is taking significantly longer to stop than usual, it may be time to have their brake pads checked. However, what many people do not realize is that very sensitive brakes that engage too quickly can also be a sign of trouble. This is because worn rotors or dirty brake fluid can cause your brakes to respond to even the gentlest touch. While this may seem like a good thing at first, the truth is, overly sensitive brakes can also increase your risk of being involved in an accident since they will make it much harder for you to judge an appropriate braking distance. To learn more, visit Parker Automotive, Inc.