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When it comes to vehicle safety, ensuring your brakes are functioning properly at all times is extremely important. Properly functioning brakes are not only important for the safety of you and your passengers, but also for everyone else on the road. Plus, improperly maintained brakes can result in costly brake repairs, or complete brake replacement.

Here are eight signs to look out for when driving that could mean it’s time to schedule your brake service.

Brake Warning Light On

It’s the simplest problem, but one that many people may overlook. If the brake warning lights turn on on your dash, then it could be an indication that you need to have your brakes inspected. This could mean that your vehicle needs a simple brake service, or there could be may be a bigger problem lurking beneath the surface.

It may also be an issue with the electronic control unit, and on some vehicles, it could be an indication you have your parking brake on. First check your parking brake, and if that’s not the issues, then you’ll want to be sure to call a mechanic and have your brakes checked.

Soft Brakes/Fluid Leak

Resistance is key for braking. If you find that you push down on the brake pedal and it sinks straight to the floor, you need to take your car to a mechanic immediately. If you’re near the Statesboro, GA area, call us and we will be able to help you. Lack of resistance in your brakes could be a sign that your brake system is losing pressure or that there is moisture inside the braking system. It could be an indication the master cylinder is leaking brake fluid and will need to be repaired. Lack of resistance in your brakes could result in a horrific accident if not resolved immediately.

Car Pulls To One Side

If your car pulls to one side when you brake, then this could indicate a number of issues that need immediate attention. A defective caliper is one issue that can go unnoticed until it’s too late and a repair has to turn into a replacement. Having your car serviced and your brake calipers carefully examined and the slide pins lubricated can avoid them becoming defective.

Another issue might be a broken brake hose causing a leak. As braking systems work together, you’ll find that a leak may only affect one side of the car and therefore cause a slight swerve when you brake.

Shaking When Braking

If you notice shaking in your steering wheel, this could indicate a problem with your front braking system. If you notice shaking throughout your entire car, it could an indication that there’s a problem with your back braking system. It might also be that your brake rotors are uneven.

Noise When Braking

Squealing, squeaking, grinding sounds. All three of those noises are things to be cautious of when you brake. It could be something as simple as something lodged within the brakes. It could also be an indication of worn brake pads.

The best solution is to take the car in for inspection so they can determine what the problem is. If it’s discovered that it’s a case of brake pad wear, then get them replaced soon before metal-on-metal contact occurs. It’ll be a much more costly process otherwise.

Burning Smell

A burning smell when you brake could be an indication that your brakes or caliper are overheating. You should pull over to the side and give them a chance to cool off. If there is smoke, the problem may be a stuck brake caliper. Either way, it would be wise to take the care to be looked over.

Pulsing Brake

If you can feel your brakes shaking when you press down on them, this could be an indication there’s a problem with your brake rotors. If they warp from use over time, this could result in you needing to completely replace your brake rotors. Avoid warping by having your brake rotors resurfaced by a skilled technician.

Brake Failure

It can seem self-explanatory, but even a partial brake failure should never be taken for granted. If you find that you apply pressure to the brakes and they do not slow down or do not slow down at a quick rate, immediately stop driving the car and call a tow truck to take it in to be checked. This issue could result in serious injury or even death for both you and anyone else on the road.

Keeping Your Brakes in Good Condition

While a skilled car technician can tell you the estimated life of your brakes, the biggest factor in any situation is your own driving habits. These simple tips can prevent you from needing to take your car in early, or risk a costly repair.

  • Avoid Stop & Go Driving
  • No Tailgating
  • Avoid Aggressive Driving
  • Clean Out Your Car
  • Routine Maintenance & Brake Inspection

For more information on brake issues, or to schedule your next vehicle maintenance visit in Statesboro, GA, call D & R Car Care today. Our ASE-certified technicians are equipped to handle all major and minor auto repair services on domestic and foreign vehicles. We are conveniently located on South Main St in Statesboro, across from Georgia Southern University.