When you’re driving along the highway on a sunny day with your windows down and your radio volume up, it’s easy to forget that you’re in a massive chunk of steel and glass hurtling through space at 60-plus miles per hour (97-plus kilometers per hour). At that speed, if you suddenly needed to stop, your vehicle could take approximately the length of a football field (100 yards or 91 meters) to come to a standstill — and that’s only if you’ve kept one of the most critical safety systems in your car well maintained: your brakes.
Brakes may not be the sexiest part of a car, but they’re certainly one of the most crucial. Paying attention to the warning signs that indicate a need for service can mean the difference between life and death on the road.
Of course, there are some obvious signs that your brakes need servicing, such as the brake light appearing on your car’s dashboard or the feeling that your vehicle is taking longer to stop than it should. In either of these cases, you should visit your local mechanic for a brake check as soon as possible. But do you know what the other signs are that could indicate an ailing brake system? Here, we deliver five that just may help you put the brakes on a serious accident in the future.
3 Signs Your Brakes Need to Be Checked
Your brakes are easily one of the most important parts of your vehicle, and one of the most easily overlooked. You will probably never take a moment before you drive your vehicle to lay down and give a good inspection. So, it’s very important that you know a few different ways to tell that you need to get your brakes inspected.
1. Your Vehicle Vibrates When You Apply the Brakes
If you have ever stomped on your brakes hard enough to trigger the anti-lock brake mechanism on your car you will know what it feels like if your rotors are getting warped. A warped rotor will cause your vehicle to vibrate as you hit the brakes, and it will also leave you less effective at stopping.
The most common way to warped rotors is by continuously applying your brakes as you go down a long steep hill. This causes the assembly to heat up, and warp parts.
2. Your Brake Pedal Sinks to the Floor
Another sign that your brakes are in need of attention is if your brake pedal will continue to sink down towards the floor after you applied them. So, you applied your brake pedal, the pedal came to a stop, but with moderate pressure it will start to sink towards the floor.
This is usually a sign that you have an issue with one of the lines associated with your brakes. You can also check for puddles of fluid when you park your vehicle. Brake fluid is a little like oil, but less slimy.
3. Your Car Pulls When Brakes Are Applied
This one is pretty easy. The three common problems are uneven wear of the brake pads, substance on the brake pads or an alignment problem.