While the motor makes your vehicle run, the brakes ensure you can stop when you get to your destination—or if someone crosses your path on your way there. When your brakes aren’t working as expected, your vehicle goes from “helpful tool” to “harmful hazard.” Keep a lookout for these signs that indicate maintenance is required.
When you press down on the brake pedal, all that should happen is that your car slows down. It should be smooth, with no resistance. If you feel a vibration or chugging, your brake pads are probably uneven and not gripping the rotors as they should be.
Grinding might just be your brake’s built-in wear indicators telling you it’s time for new ones. However, it could also be metal-on-metal where your pads have worn away completely. Other sounds to watch out for are squeaking and squealing. Sometimes brake pads will make these sounds when they get wet after driving through puddles or rainstorms. If the sound persists even in dryer weather, you might want to make an appointment for car repair Lynnwood to address the issue.
A pre-emptive visual inspection of the brake pads and rotors themselves could reveal wear. To get a gander at them you’re going to need to jack up your car and take the wheel off. Be on the lookout for grooves or abrasions in your rotors. Pads less than a quarter-inch thick should be replaced as soon as possible.
If your car pulls to one side when you’re braking, that is an indication that one set of your brake pads isn’t doing its job quite right. Also, be attentive to the responsiveness of your brakes. If you have to press the pedal harder and longer to get a reaction, you are at risk for brake failure.
If your car doesn’t start, all that’s going to happen is you’re late to work. However, if you can’t stop your vehicle, you risk human life. Don’t wait to address these issues.