How do I know if something is wrong with my brakes?
If there’s one thing on your vehicle you want working at peak performance, it’s your brakes. Obviously, a total failure of your braking system could lead to a catastrophe; but even smaller issues can have an effect, reducing the stopping distance of your vehicle, and adding up to a more serious problem if ignored. For this reason, your brakes are the one repair you don’t want to put off if you notice something wrong.
We’ve put together a short list of possible indicators your brakes may need servicing. If you notice something wrong, our team of service technicians would be happy to help you out, so be sure to book a service appointment right away!
Grinding or Squealing
Are your brakes screaming at you every time you apply them? Does the vehicle make a high-pitched sound while it’s in motion? Any metal-on-metal sounds coming from your vehicle could be an indicator of a problem. It’s the sound of the steel brake pad grinding up against the rotor, and it probably means your brake pads are wearing out. You want to get the brake pads replaced as soon as possible to avoid damaging the rotor, which can be a much costlier repair job.
Jerking or Veering
When you apply the brakes, is your vehicle regularly trying to pull you to one side? That’s a good sign one of your brake hoses or calipers has a problem. The failing part is causing one of your brakes to apply more pressure to the rotor, and that’s what’s causing your vehicle to pull to one side when you try to stop. A sticking caliper can also create a burning odour when you apply the brakes, as the system begins to overheat. If you start to smell something when you hit the brakes, get your car off the road as soon as you can, and book some immediate service!
Brake Pedal Issues
Another good indicator of an issue is if your brakes begin to feel different when you apply them. The system is designed to use hydraulic pressure to apply the brakes. If there’s air in the system, or you’ve developed a leak, you may not be able to generate the force needed for the brake pads to clamp down on the rotors. If the pedal starts offering less resistance, or sinks all the way to the floor, you want to get your vehicle in for service as soon as possible.
This one’s a bit obvious, but if the brake indicator light has come on, at the very least it’s time to get your brakes inspected. Don’t just assume your vehicle’s alerting you it’s time for regular maintenance, either—it may have detected an issue which isn’t showing other symptoms.