Trouble Signs in a Car Braking System

Your brakes are a vital part of your car's safety and control mechanism. Brakes allow car drivers to slow down when travelling at high speeds and to bring the vehicle to a complete stop when parking. Being able to tell when something is wrong with your braking system will go a long way in ensuring you avoid complete brake failures, which can compromise your safety, that of your passengers, and that of other road users, but also result in costly repairs.

You should never ignore these warning signs as they may be pointing to problems with your car's braking system.

Noisy brakes

Your brakes are not supposed to make any loud or pesky noise when you apply them. If you hear an unpleasant squeak, squeal, grind, or any other unusual noises when you apply the brakes, your car may be in need of brake repairs. Don't put up with these irritating noise when driving — ask your mechanic to identify the cause of the problem and fix the problem immediately. You may need new brake pads or something may be caught inside the brakes and needs to be removed.

"Soft" brake pedal

A brake pedal that is in good working condition should feel firm when you gently press it down with your feet. A brake pedal is said to be "soft" when it loses its firmness due to a problem with the brake system. If your brake pedal feels "soft," it is most likely that air has leaked into the brake lines and "bleeding" of the brakes will be required to remove the air. Other potential culprits behind the problem include brake fluid leaks, damaged brake drums, bad brake lines, and master cylinder wear.

Pulsating brake pedal

Brake pedal pulsation is a serious issue that can make you feel unsafe while behind the wheels. If you hit the brakes and you feel the vehicle vibrating with most of this vibration being felt through the brake pedal and steering wheel, you will require brake inspection to determine the cause of the problem. A warped or overly worn brake rotor is mostly responsible for the problem, but there are other potential culprits including, loose wheel bearings, bad brake pads, and vehicle alignment issues.

If you encounter any problem with your brakes, it is best to take your car to the mechanic or auto repair shop immediately. When it comes to ensuring car safety, you should take no chances.