Do you know what it looks and feels like when your car’s brakes are going? Young Automotive has some tips to help you to recognize when you’re going to need to get your car’s brakes inspected.
There’s a Brake Fluid Leak
Your car’s brakes are a hydraulic system. What that means is that they rely on fluid flowing through the brake lines and brake cylinders in order to apply pressure. That pressure causes the calipers to squeeze the brake pads against the brake rotors. Air in the lines or a lack of brake fluid means that the brake system doesn’t have the hydraulic pressure it needs to work. That’s why seeing even a little bit of a brake fluid leak is bad news.
Your Brakes Don’t Sound Right
When you press the brake pedal, your brakes may normally make some noises, that’s fairly normal when friction is involved. But if you’re hearing a lot of new noises, especially ones that are louder and very different than usual, it’s possible that there’s something wrong with your brakes. The problem might be a small one, like needing to replace worn brake pads, or it could be more complicated. Having your brakes inspected gets you an accurate answer.
The Car Is Shaking When You Brake
Another possible problem you could experience when your brakes are in trouble is that you might feel shuddering or shaking when you apply the brakes. When the brake pads or rotor start to wear, particularly unevenly, they may not match up well any longer. As the calipers squeeze the two parts together, they grip unevenly and the car shudders.
The Pedal Feels Weird or Unresponsive
You know how your brake pedal and your brakes feel normally. So if you start to feel differences in how the brake pedal feels or it seems not to respond, that’s a big sign. It’s an even bigger sign if you ever press the brake pedal and it travels significantly farther than it normally does. If you do ever experience this issue with your car’s brakes, it’s a big concern and you shouldn’t drive the car for safety reasons.
Concerned about your car’s brakes? Don’t take any chances with anyone’s safety. Give us a call today at Young Automotive in Sturgeon Bay, WI. We can do a thorough brake inspection and let you know exactly what your car’s brake system needs in order to properly function now and in the future.