Your brakes are the single most important safety system in your car. Without the ability to slow and stop your car on demand, you’ll be left to the mercy of the objects around you – which is why it’s imperative that you understand and pay attention to the signs that could indicate your brakes are failing.
How to know if my brakes are failing:
- Sounds. The first, and most obvious indication that your brakes could be failing is if they are squeaking, squealing, or otherwise making unusual sounds. This sound is your first indicator that your brake pads are wearing down and need to be replaced.
- Grinding. If you feel a grinding or vibrating feeling through the pedal when you apply the brakes, your brake pads have worn all the way down, leaving them to scratch and grind the rotors. Don’t delay in getting this repaired, as this can cause more serious damage to your vehicle’s rotors.
- Unresponsive brakes. If you notice you have to put extra pressure on your brakes to get a response, or the response is delayed, there could be a leak in the brake fluid system. Have this addressed right away, as stopping can become increasingly challenging and unpredictable.
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