We have all been there. You pull up to a stoplight only to hear a high pitch squealing or grinding noise when you push on your brake pedal. It’s embarrassing, and you are certain everyone around you can hear it. The fact of the matter is that a lot of car owners tend to overlook their vehicles brake system. Your brakes get regular use and wear out over time. Having your brakes checked, inspected and replaced on a regular basis, decreases the risk of an accident.
Here are 4 signs that you may need to have your brakes checked.
The car is pulling
If you notice your car pulling from one side to the other when you step on your brakes, chances are you need to get new brake pads. This problem usually occurs when your brake pads wear unevenly. Another culprit could be a stuck caliper. The friction caused by the stuck caliper would make your car pull to the right or left. You should have this checked by your Broomfield CO auto mechanic as soon as possible.
You hear a high-pitched squeal, grinding or growling sound
This is the most obvious sign of a problem with your brake system. If you hear a high-pitched squealing your brake pads need replacing. If you let the noise get to a grinding or growling sound, then you have most likely worn down your brake pads completely. This grinding sound is due to the metal of the calipers grinding against the metal of your rotors. You will need to come to Accountable Auto Care to have us replace your rotors and brake pads to prevent further damage to your vehicle.
Vibration when braking
A vibrating brake pedal generally indicates misaligned wheels or warped rotors. Rotors warp under extreme stress over long periods of time. Warped rotors have uneven surfaces that vibrate against the brake pads. The stress and heat generated from driving cause the metal of the rotors to change shape. In either case, it’s best to see a mechanic for diagnosis.
Pedal to the metal
A ‘mushy pedal’, or a pedal that goes practically to the floor before engaging, could indicate worn pads or a problem with the hydraulic system. If it is your hydraulic system, it could mean that there is air in your brake line, an air leak, or even worse, leaking brake fluid. In either case, it’s best to have your local Broomfield CO mechanic at Accountable Auto Care inspect your brake system so you can drive safely on the road.