Brake Inspection

5 Signs it is Time for a Brake Repair

When it comes to automotive safety there are two systems that are most important – tires and brakes. Some of your vehicle safety features, such as the airbags and seat belts, are great in the event of an accident, your brakes can actually prevent that accident from occurring if they are in proper working order. It is important to have your brakes looked at once a year. See a shop for brake repair or service if you ever run into any of these common symptoms of brake trouble.

  1. Grinding Noise
  2. Soft Brake Pedal
  3. Vibrating Brake Pedal
  4. Pulling
  5. ABS Light

Grinding Noise

The first and most common sign of brake trouble is a grinding, squealing or whining noise that may occur when you use your brakes. This typically indicates worn brake pads, which results in a reduction of braking power. The sound you hear is a metal grind on metal which will cause further damage to other brake parts if it is not rectified timely. If you get to a shop soon enough, your brake repair bill will be more affordable than waiting a few weeks!

Soft Brake Pedal

Another symptom you might experience is a brake pedal that seems to go lower to the floor than normal, or feels easier to push than it use to. This can also indicate brake pad wear or a more serious brake fluid problem. Brake fluid leaks can be disastrous and life threatening, so be sure to get an inspection if you experience this symptom. This is an important symptom to have inspected sooner rather than later. The brake repair cost can get substantially higher over time because a lack of proper fluid throughout the system can damage many other parts.

Vibrating Brake Pedal

A third symptom is vibration or shaking felt in your foot when you depress the brake pedal. In many instances a vibrating brake pedal represents brake disc (brake rotor) wear or damage. Brake pads rub against rotors to create friction allowing a vehicle to slow down. Grooved rotors cause noise and vibration. Rotors that are not within a specified thickness will take a longer time to actually stop the vehicle you’re operating. This brake repair is almost always brake pads & rotors/discs. Many Euro cars require sensors too.

Pulling

A pulling or veering sensation that occurs when the brakes are applied can often be attributed to uneven brake pad wear. However this may be caused by impurities in the brake fluid or a malfunctioning wheel cylinder. As you can see, this symptom will require some testing to determine exactly what is causing the brake problem.

ABS Light

Your dashboard has many lights that will come on if sensors in your car detect a problem. If the braking system is having an issue the ABS, or anti-lock braking system, light will come on. Get to the shop for diagnostics right away.

It’s up to you to keep your car safe by recognizing the signs of trouble. Here at NWA Car Clinic we offer professional brake repair in Lowell for all makes and models, helping you keep your journey safe and reliable. If you’re in Rogers, Springdale, Lowell, Centerton, or any of the surrounding cities and you have any questions or if you’d like to schedule award winning auto repair in Lowell give NWA Car Clinic a call at (479) 756-8886 today.

Brake Inspection

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