4 BRAKE WARNING SIGNS TO LEARN
SOFT OR SPONGY BRAKES
If you hit the brake and the pedal goes all the way to the floor mat, it’s definitely time to call for some ACD Automotice Services . This isn’t something you can put off for later; it means you need service immediately. Normally, your pedal should stop no closer than an inch from the floor and, if you have manual brakes, the distance will be even farther. If your pedal goes to the floor, you may have moisture or air in the braking system, or the master cylinder might need serviced.
YOUR VEHICLE PULLS TO ONE SIDE
If you notice that your car wants to pull to one direction or the other every time you hit the brake, it probably means that either your brake hose has gone bad or that your brake caliper needs checked, because it isn’t applying pressure evenly.
YOU HEAR A METALLIC SQUEAL WHEN YOU DRIVE
A squeal that stops when you hit the brakes is probably your brake pad wear indicators. These indicators are made of steel and, when the brake pads begin to wear out, the steel makes contact with the rotor and creates that super-high metallic squeal. Resist the urge to turn up the radio and ignore this, because letting it go will lead to rotor damage — which is really going to set your bank account back.
THERE’S A GRINDING SOUND WHEN YOU HIT THE BRAKES
Yes, there are some innocent reasons that you hear a grinding sound when you brake; it could be as simple as having gravel caught in the caliper unit. But it also could be a red flag saying that you need your brakes serviced. If you’ve worn out your brake pads, you might be creating grooves in the brake rotor. Or maybe the brake shoe is rusting and scraping on other metal parts in the vehicle. It could even indicate that there is not enough lubrication in the rear drum brakes. Regardless of what it is, it’s something you need to have serviced quickly before it runs up a bigger bill.