Your car’s brakes are one of the most important safety tools on the entire care, so knowing what it looks, feels, and sounds like when your brakes need help is so important. Here’s what Young Automotive wants you to be aware of regarding your car’s brakes.
There’s a Brake Fluid Leak
Any time that you see any sort of leak under your car, no matter what you think it is, you need to have the car inspected. There could be any number of different types of fluids leaking, and they’re all important. In the case of brake fluid, leaks can mean that there is air getting into your car’s brake lines, which is not great news.
The Brakes Sound Awful
When you press the brake pedal, you might hear small noises from time to time. But if you’re hearing a lot of groaning, grinding, or squealing when you press the brake pedal that is not a good sign. It can mean that there is something wrong somewhere, particularly with the brake pads.
You’re Feeling Vibrations
Vibrations due to brake issues are not a good sign. You are most likely to feel these when you’re actively trying to use the brakes. The vibrations will also probably be a little more severe if you’re traveling faster and trying to stop quickly. Often this is a sign that there is some warping in the rotors.
The Brakes Don’t Feel Responsive
Do you feel like it’s taking you longer to slow down and to come to a complete stop? You’re probably not imagining it. You get used to how your brakes feel, and when there’s a change, even a small one, in how responsive they are, you might notice it in the back of your mind. Don’t discount that feeling, because it can be important.
The Brake Light Is On
Finally, don’t ignore the brake warning light if that turns on and stays on. As long as your parking brake is not engaged, that light is letting you know that the onboard computer has detected some sort of issue with your brakes. This is another sign you cannot afford to ignore.
At Young Automotive in Sturgeon Bay, WI we want you to be as safe as possible on the road. If you’re noticing any issues with your car’s brakes, give us a call today. We can set up an appointment to inspect your brakes and ensure that they’re working properly. If there is something wrong, we’ll let you know exactly what your car’s brake system needs.