5 Signs That You Need A Brake Inspection
Bad brakes are a major safety concern. For this reason, it's vital that drivers know when a brake inspection is a necessity.
1. Loud Noises
Brakes can make a variety of noises as they fail. Sometimes they make a high-pitched squeal whenever you put pressure on the pedal. In other cases, you may hear a rumbling or grinding noise from the front end of the car when you depress the brake pedal. Brakes should work silently during normal operation, so any odd noises indicate that it is time to schedule an inspection.
2. Vehicle Vibrations
A vehicle should come to a stop smoothly when you push in the brake pedal when you are braking normally. If the wheel seems to vibrate as you come to a stop, the issue could be with the brakes. You may feel the vibration in the pedal itself or in the steering wheel if the brakes are to blame. There are other issues that can lead to vibrations, so an inspection is needed to verify that it is the brakes.
3. Soft Pedals
Soft pedals refer to pedals that must be pressed more than usual before the brakes seem to "catch." The pedal will actually feel soft as you push it down, as though it is being pressed into something squishy. Worn pads can sometimes lead to soft pedals, as can a loss of pressure in the system due to low brake fluid. An inspection is needed to determine the cause and repair options.
4. Steering Pulls
Pulling on the wheel can have a variety of causes, but if the pull only occurs when you are braking, then an issue with the brake system is the likely culprit. Generally, the wheel will always pull in the same direction when you press the brake pedal. Pulling can persist for the entire time the brakes are pressed, or it may only pull when you first push down on the pedal.
5. Stiff Pedals
Stiff pedals are harder than usual to push in than normal. It may feel as though something is obstructing the pedal so that you can't press the brakes effectively. Often the cause is an obstruction in the brake lines that is leading to a high-pressure situation. The system will be inspected so that the cause of the brake pressure issue can be found and repaired.
Contact a brake inspection service or repair shop if you notice any problems with your vehicle's brakes.