We often take our cars for granted. Until something (usually bad) happens- think if a tire blew out on your Mazda or your Ford f150 tail light was knocked out. Also think of how difficult your daily life would be if you could not use your car. Many people depend on cars to commute to work and some people use their cars to help them earn an income. There are two things that every single make and model of car have in common, it’s rather simple: they go and they stop. If your car can’t go anywhere, then it becomes obsolete and useless.
However, what would happen if your car could not stop? Your car would become a dangerous unstoppable force and that is exactly what can happen if you choose to ignore the warning signs of possible brake failure. Your brakes are the only thing that can stop your car. The faster you are going, the more power your brakes will need to stop fully in time. Weather and driving conditions also play a huge role in how your vehicle stops, but your brakes are there for one reason only. Here are three warnings signs that your brakes should be replaced immediately.
Excessive noise when you are braking.
Modern vehicles are becoming more and more soundproof. Once you roll up your windows, the outside world is quickly cut off and so are all of the sounds that come along with it. Blasting music inside your car can make it even more difficult to hear what is happening in the outside world, this just makes it harder to hear the first sign of failing brakes. Your brakes are designed to make noise when it is time to have them serviced. You could think of this as a nice alarm thoughtfully installed by the vehicle manufacturer. Brake noise can come in a variety of different sounds. You may notice a high-pitched squeal every time you apply the brakes or you may hear the sound of grinding metal. In some cases, the noise may be constant. Either way, these sounds are a warning sign that your brakes need to be serviced immediately. Do not ignore these early warning signs: the consequences could be all too dire.
The brake pedal starts to feel a little different.
Every single car is different, but the longer you drive your car, the more familiar it becomes. You become aware of the way the way your car feels going around corners. You become aware of how quick it accelerates and you become more aware of how much time and space you need to stop your vehicles. Overall, you become more in tuned to your vehicle. And you will be the first person to know that something is awry.
Failing brakes can be felt in the pedal. If you have noticed that your brake pedal seems to feel kind of squishy, it could be a sign that your brakes are failing. There are other symptoms that your brake pedal could be conveying as well. You may notice a lot of excessive vibration in the brake pedal. If your brake pedal goes all the way to the floor with little resistance, then your brakes are failing. Do not ignore any of these symptoms or any others that feel unusual.
Your car pulls in one direction when you brake.
Not every brake problem will have to do with noise or brake pedal differences. Some of them are much more obvious. That is exactly the case with this warning sign. If you feel your car being pulled to either the left or the right when you apply your brakes, then something is wrong. There could be several different things that cause this to happen, but you can’t ignore this. It is simply a sign of worse things to come. Luckily, there are plenty of omens that your brakes are going bad and most of them are too difficult to ignore. Your brakes are the only thing that is keeping the distance between you and every other vehicle on the road. Fewer than 25 percent of all accidents are reported to be brake-related. This number could be drastically reduced, if more people chose to act on these warning signs.
About the Author: Jason Morris is a contributing author who owns an auto repair shop. He personally uses the site partsgeek.com to find parts for his shop, as well for his own car.