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Is it Time for Brake Repair? This Means Yes!

No matter what you drive there is one system on your car that ranks above everything else in terms of safety; the brakes. The average driver who travels between 10,000 and 15,000 miles per year will pump the brakes around 75,000 times, putting a lot of stress on this system. Thankfully, the brakes have numerous ways of letting us know that they are in need of repair before completely giving out. That said, it is important to perform regular brake maintenance to ensure the health and proper operation of the system. If you experience any of these common signs of brake trouble be sure to head to the auto repair shop right away to have the issue resolved.

Soft Brake Pedal

A vehicle that has very worn down brake pads may have a brake pedal that seems soft or spongy, requiring it to be pushed harder and further in order to garner a reaction from the brakes. This issue can also be caused by air in the brake lines or even a brake fluid leak, which is extremely dangerous!

Brake Pedal Vibrates

A vibration that occurs when you hit the brakes often indicates a warped brake rotor. This means the surface area the brake pads rub against in order to produce the necessary friction to slow the vehicle has been reduced, diminishing the vehicle's braking abilities.

Directional Pulling

If your vehicle tries to go left or right when you hit the brakes there's a good chance that the vehicle is suffering from uneven brake pad wear. If one side has thicker brakes than another it will engage quicker, pulling the car to that side. However this can also be caused by a stuck wheel cylinder or impure brake fluid.

Grinding or Howling Noises

One of the most common signs of upcoming brake failure is a grinding, screeching or howling noise that occurs when the brakes are engaged. This is the sound of metal on metal friction which will happen if the brake pads have been completely worn down. This is a sure sign of brake trouble and a trip to the mechanic is necessary.

ABS Dashboard Light

ABS stands for Anti-lock Brake System and it has its own indicator light on the dashboard. If vehicle sensors pick up on a problem or potential issue this light will come on. For proper diagnosis be sure to head to the auto shop right away.

Don't put off brake repairs, as doing so will only lead to an unsafe vehicle. If you need brake repair in Morgan Hill or the surrounding area be sure to contact Fred's Foreign and Domestic Car Repair. We service all makes and models at our full service auto repair shop, so don't hesitate to call if you suspect trouble. Contact us at (408) 706-7318 to learn more about our services or to schedule auto repair in Morgan Hill.


Freds Foreign and Domestic Car Repair Blog
Written By Brian Corey
Published By MORBiZ