Often neglected, but one of the most crucial components on your vehicles are the brakes. Paying attention to the warning signs that indicate a need for service can mean the difference between life and death on the road. Here are 11 signs that your brakes need to be checked: 1) The brake pedal pulsates as you moderately apply the brakes.
•This may indicate that the disc brake rotors need service and/or is at end of its life.
•This may indicate a faulty brake master cylinder or air in the system.
•This may indicate a brake booster failure.
4) The brake pedal goes to the floor with little or no resistance.
•This may indicate that either the master cylinder is defective or you have a leak in your braking system.
5) The brakes lock up at slow speeds.
•This may indicate that the wheel cylinders are leaking. Brake fluid may have leaked onto the brake shoes and has contaminated them.
6) The brakes smoke or emits a burning smell when you stop.
• High spirited driving can also be indicated by the rotors smoking.
• This may indicate that the brake pads are low and are in need of replacement before the brake rotors are damaged. However, that are certain brake pads that will squeal due to material. Performance Brake Pads tend to squeal.
8) The travel distance is more than usual or close to half the distance to stop when you engage the brakes.
•This may indicate that the brake pads are low and need to be adjusted or replaced.
9) The ABS light fails to turn off when the engine is running.
•The presence of an ABS light signifies that the system is offline or inoperative. The brakes will perform properly under normal circumstances, however, the ABS system will not operate under emergency stopping which will lengthen your stopping distance. Several factors could cause the ABS to malfunction, however, the wheel sensors are usually the problem.Photo Credit: BMW-Planet.com
10) The vehicle makes a distinct grinding noise when you apply the brakes.
11) The vehicle pulls to one side as the brakes are applied.
Any of the above situations require immediate attention in order to prevent further damage. It is better to spend pocket change now than wait a few weeks and incur a bill that requires thought concerning financing the repairs. We recommend visiting a professional brake specialist to diagnose and/or do the required repairs.