Having your brakes inspected every 12,000 miles prevents the need for an entirely new brake system. The inspection gives technicians the chance to replace old brake fluid and brake system parts that are no longer operating as they should be. This can stop system-wide damage. HCS Auto Repair is going to list the signs of brake problems below. If you ignore these signs, you may end up needing new brakes.
1. ABS/Brake Warning
An illuminated ABS or Brake warning light is an indication that there is something wrong with the anti-lock brake system or brake system. These lights serve as indicators that your brake system needs attention. Don’t ignore these dashboard warning lights.
2. Hot/Burning Odors
Hot or burning odors, especially chemical or carpet odors, are a sign that your brake system is overheating. You will also hear the brakes squeal every time you use them when they are too hot. Your brake system definitely needs attention if it is overheating.
3. Leaking Brake Fluid
Your brake system also needs attention if it is leaking brake fluid. If it is, you will see brown or red spots on the garage floor around the tires. Brake fluid can leak from the brake hoses or the master cylinder.
4. Loud Brake Noises
Squealing, grinding, or scraping when you apply the brakes is not normal. You should never hear any noises when you press down on the brake pedal. If you do, bring your vehicle to our shop so we can inspect the brake system to find out why it is making noise.
5. Pulling to the Side
Your automobile also should not pull to the side when you press down on the brake pedal. If it does, one of the calipers is stuck and needs to be replaced.
6. Spongy Brake Pedal
If your brake pedal feels spongy when you press down on it rather than giving you resistance and stopping at 1 1/2 inches from the floorboard, you may have air bubbles in the brake lines. This is also a sign that the master cylinder has gone bad.
Vibration or wobbling when you apply the brakes can point to a problem with the calipers or rotors. For example, if you have a rock stuck in a caliper, your vehicle will vibrate when you apply the brakes. Warped rotor surfaces can also cause this problem.
8. Poor Brake Performance
Finally, if the brake performance on your automobile is poor, have your brakes inspected right away examples of poor performance include an extended stopping distance or lack of responsiveness when you press down on the brake pedal.
Call HCS Auto Repair in Springdale, AR, today to schedule a service appointment for a brake inspection.