If your Brake light refuses to turn off or illuminates every time you use the brakes, it is telling you your vehicle has a brake problem. The same is true with the ABS light. This is an indication that the anti-lock brake system is malfunctioning. Continuing to drive your automobile could be dangerous, so Premier Auto Repair advises that you have your car, truck, or utility vehicle towed to our shop. Let’s talk about additional signs of brake trouble below so you know what to look for.
Leaking Brake Fluid
If you see brown spots on your garage floor around the wheels, your brake system is leaking. Brake fluid generally leaks from the brake lines, but it can also leak from the master cylinder. Driving with low brake fluid can make it difficult to stop your automobile.
Another thing that will make it difficult to stop your automobile is overheating brakes. If your brakes are getting too hot, they will squeal every time you use them. You might also smell burning carpet or chemicals coming from the brakes.
Pulling to the Side
Sometimes, a caliper will get stuck and your vehicle will pull to one side when you apply the brakes. Generally, you can expect to get 75,000 miles out of your calipers. After this time, they may start to stick and will need to be replaced.
Spongy Brake Pedal
A spongy brake pedal is also an indication of brake problems. Specifically, you might have air bubbles in the brake lines. Another thing that will cause your brake pedal to feel too soft underneath your foot is a malfunctioning master cylinder.
Strange Brake Sounds
When you apply the brakes, you shouldn’t hear any strange noises such as grinding or squealing. As we mentioned above, if your brakes squeal every time you use them, they could be overheating. Grinding or scraping sounds point to the brake pads.
Finally, if a tiny rock gets stuck in one of the calipers, your vehicle will wobble or vibrate when you apply the brakes. This sensation can also be a symptom of smooth and warped rotor surfaces. To prevent the rotor surfaces from causing problems, they should be recut every 60,000 miles.
Don’t take chances with your vehicle brake system. Call Premier Auto Repair in Tyler, TX, today if your car, truck, or utility vehicle is experiencing any of the issues listed above. We will inspect the brakes and make any necessary repairs.