Brake servicing is one of those things that requires regular maintenance. One might not be aware but a brake part has a limited life span which requires regular service. If you have a car there are many services which require you to get your brakes checked. Here are a list of warning signs one must not miss.
Brake light on
If you see a red or a yellow light brake indicator popping up in the dashboard. It is time for brake inspection. This is the vehicle’s smart electronics alerting you about the problem. This light will automatically turn off when the issue has been resolved.
Squeaking or grinding noises
If you hear any high pitched noises that occur when the brake is applied, it indicates that your brake pad has worn off and requires inspection. If you find a grinding feel to the pedal there is a possibility that a rock is stuck in the caliper unit. Getting your brake system checked and properly lubricated is important.
Vibrations or scraping when braking
Shaking of the steering wheel or any types of vibrations when you apply the brakes may be the result of an uneven rotor. Brake rotors are big discs which are set inside of the wheels. When you press the brake pedal, the brake pads touch the rotor and slow the car down. A rotor needs to be a smooth and completely even in thickness to help ensure that breaking works properly.
If you notice that the brake pedal is soft, a technician needs to look for any fluid leaks in the braking system. The cylinder in the brake system creates the power for the brakes which allows the brake fluid to reach the caliper and hold the disk together for a smooth brake. If the fluid is leaking it is possible that you might experience a very soft brake.
Spongy or soft brake pedal
If you see a resistance to the brake pedal, you need immediate service, There could be air or moisture trapped in the braking system which can create a problem with the master cylinder. If you have a manual brake, the pedal needs to stop at least three inches from the floor.
The main reason for this is when the brake hose has broken or the caliper has a problem. This is when one caliper applies a brake to one side which can cause a very uneven stop. If you smell a very sharp, chemical or a burning odor, it is the result of the overheating of the clutch or the brakes. This requires you to pull over immediately and stop to check.