Brake repair is a key component of vehicle repair and servicing, but is often overlooked in regular, day-to-day maintenance. Because your brakes will wear down really slowly over time. Because this wearing down happens gradually, it’s difficult to notice just how bad your brakes have become until it’s too late. Brake repair is something you shouldn’t take any chances with, so if you notice any of these following signs, it’s time to give us a call and book your car in.

“Replacing new brake pads shouldn’t be too expensive, but if you leave it things will get worse.”

Weird noises

If you find your brakes squealing, whining or grinding, then it’s time to book in for a brake repair service. Those noises are put in there deliberately to warn you when it’s time to change things up a bit. Replacing new brake pads shouldn’t be too expensive, but if you leave it things will get worse. Once the pads wear through then your rotors or disks will begin to wear out.

Pulling

Pulling is when the car feels like it has a mind of its own, constantly wanting to pull you over to the side of the road, or more likely, into oncoming traffic. This isn’t uniquely a braking problem, it may be the wheels need alignment, but it could be something wrong with the brakes. If it is, then it’s usually because a calliper is stuck, causing friction in one single wheel, and thus pulling you over. If you find the car pulling whilst braking, that could mean that your brake pads are uneven, causing different wheels to slow at different times, or you might just even be low on brake fluid. Regardless of what’s causing it, if you feel the car pulling, it’s definitely time for brake repair.

The brake pedal acting strange

Being connected to the brakes, the brake pedal is a great indicator if anything is wrong under the car. If you feel the pedal vibrating, then this could mean your rotors have been warped. This happens because of heat and stress; if you tow a lot for example, your rotors will be more likely to warp. If you find your car slamming to a halt at the slightest touch, then that may suggest contaminated brake fluid or an unevenly worn rotor. If the opposite is happening, and you have to push the pedal all the way to the floor before anything happens, then it’s definitely time to book in a brake repair service. This means at the very least your brake pads are worn down, and in really serious situations, it could be brake line obstruction.

So if you notice any of these warning signs, then it’s time to book yourself in for a brake repair service. Keep your family safe on the road this summer!