You rely on your car brakes to keep you safe on the road, so it is vital that they are working effectively. Over time, much like your tyres, components of your brakes will wear and need to be replaced so that they continue to work effectively.
Your vehicle’s braking system is made up of different components and each can be susceptible to wear, damage or corrosion.
During a vehicle’s lifetime, you can expect to replace brake pads and discs due to usual wear at least once. The rate that they wear and the amount of miles they will last for depends upon how frequently they are used. It is important to be aware that high speed braking can cause more rapid deterioration.
In addition, some of the components in the braking system, including the discs, are made using cast iron which is susceptible to corrosion. Surface rust is usually rapidly cleaned off the brakes due to the action of the brake pads on the discs, however, rust and corrosion that remains on braking components can worsen and may eventually cause the discs to weaken.
Here are the most common signs associated with braking problems and what they could mean:
Squealing or Grinding Noises
This type of noise is caused by metal on metal and it indicates that your brake pads are worn and need to be replaced. This may also mean that the brake discs are damaged.
Soft or Spongy Brake Pedal
If the brake pedal feels soft or spongy when you press down on it, there may be air in the hydraulic system which is usually caused by brake fluid leaking.
Pulling to the Side
Usually when you apply the brake, the force is equally applied to each side of the braking system. If your vehicle pulls to either the right or left when you brake, however, then your brakes may be unevenly wearing. This can be caused by worn rotors or a mechanical fault.
If you notice a pungent burning smell emitting from your wheels then your brakes are overheating. This is highly dangerous and requires an immediate inspection from a specialist.
Any of these problems could be highly dangerous so you must have your vehicle inspected by a specialist if you start to notice anything different with your braking system.
At Dexel Tyre & Auto Centre we provide a comprehensive brake check, free of charge, and we can undertake work on all different types of braking systems.
We provide replacement parts and offer a wide range of brake repairs.
If you have noticed any of the signs listed, make an appointment at your local Dexel Tyre & Auto Centre branch for a free brake check as soon as possible.
Ignoring problems with your brakes could be lead to expensive repairs or even be potentially dangerous, so even small suspicions need to be inspected fast!