Driving with bad brakes is not just unsafe for the driver, but also for everyone on the road and nearby pedestrians. Having working brakes is vital to driving, whether you live in a city, suburb, or small town. You should never ignore signs that your brakes are beginning to fail, and should always make brake repair and replacement a priority to keep yourself and others safe. Here are four signs that your brakes are deteriorating.
Brake Light Is On
It goes without saying, but the sensors in your car are there for a reason. And although they can be faulty, they should be acknowledged. If your brake light is on, you need to have your brakes looked at by a certified mechanic.
Squeaking Brake Noises
If your brakes are making noises when you come to a stop, your brake pads are being worn down. Squealing, squeaking, or grinding sounds that are frequently heard when coming to a complete stop is a sign of deteriorated brake pads. Brakes are designed to make a sound when the pads get worn down to make the driver aware of the damage. You should never ignore brake squeaking as it is a sign that your brake pads need to be replaced.
Car Shaking or Wobbling When You Brake
If your car shakes or wobbles as you brake this a sign that your rotors need to be serviced. Brake rotors can often rust which causes an unbalance. This unbalance can cause your wheels to shudder or shake when you brake. Uneven rotors can damage your brake pads and cause unsafe driving conditions. If you notice a wobbling when you brake, you should have your rotors checked.
“Soft” Brake Pedal
If you notice a lack of resistance when you apply your brake, this is a sign that you need immediate brake servicing. A brake pedal that is providing less resistance is a sign that your brake system has air or moisture in it or there is a problem with your master cylinder. This requires immediate repair because it means your brake system is susceptible to failure. Another sign that your brake system has moisture in it is your brake pedal fully hitting the floor of your car, your pedal should always stop a few inches above the floor mat.