The brakes are among the OEM parts online that undergoes lots of wear and tear and need routine inspection to be in top working condition all the time. So you need to know when your brakes have to be replaced by looking for these 7 signs.
1. Grabbing- Something is wrong if you notice that your brakes grab and make your vehicle jolt or skid to a stop even if you just slightly touch your brake pedal.
2. Noise- There is something wrong if you hear grinding, clicking or screeching noises whenever you apply your brakes or attempt to decelerate your car.
3. Forceful pushing of pedal- If you notice you need to apply lots of pressure to the pedal for it to engage, it indicates something is wrong.
4. Pulling- If there is an obvious pull of your vehicle to one side as you press the brake pedal, like you were tugging to the right while decelerating, it may mean two things. The brake linings may have worn unevenly or the brake fluid may have some foreign matter. The brakes have to be adjusted or their fluid drained and replaced.
5. Pedal has to be pushed far-You need to get your car towed for an immediate inspection if the brake pedal practically touches the floor before engaging as the problem may be an air or brake fluid leak. If there’s a brake fluid leak, you’ll find a small amount of fluid resembling fresh motor oil but with a less ‘slimy’ texture where the car is parked.
6. Vibration-If you notice vibration or pulses even when you brake under normal conditions, it may indicate warped rotors. As it may also indicate your vehicle is out of alignment, it’s better to have it inspected to be on the safer side. Vibrations when you suddenly brake, such as when avoiding a collision, is nothing to worry about as your Anti-Lock Braking System may just be getting activated.
7. Brake light- As some vehicles detect brake system problems by illuminating the brake light on the dash, you need to have them checked immediately. In most cases, this happens when the brakes are clearly malfunctioning.
Brake wear is inevitable but when it happens is dependent on various factors like vehicle type, operating conditions, driving habits and brake lining material quality. So if you notice any of these warning signs, it’s better to have your brakes checked as soon as possible and have them replaced with OEM performance parts for the safety of you and your family.