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Five Ways You’ll Know That You Need Brake Repair

Knowing when you need brake repair helps keep you safe on the road. If you are unable to stop your car, truck, or utility vehicle, well, we don’t want to think about it or have you think about it. Let’s talk about brake problems, how to identify them, and how Vielhaber’s Garage can help. Well, the latter we can tell you right now. Bring your vehicle in regularly for a brake inspection and we’ll make sure the system is always running as it should be.

1. Brake Fluid Is Leaking

One surefire sign of brake problems is leaking brake fluid. This makes driving your automobile dangerous because the hydraulic fluid actually helps to slow down and stop your vehicle. Brake fluid is light brown when it is brand new and turns dark brown as it gets older. If you have a brake fluid leak, the spots will land near your tires on the garage floor.

2. Vibrations When Braking

Something else to watch for is whether your car starts to shake or vibrate when you apply the brakes. This usually indicates that your rotors are warped, i.e., they are developing grooves that aren’t allowing them to meet with the brake pads properly. There may be other causes for this, too, such as low and uneven brake pad surfaces.

3. Car Pulls Left or Right When Braking

Even if you’re not experiencing vibration as you brake, you could feel the car pulling to one side or the other. This can indicate that there’s an issue with the brakes on the side your car is pulling toward. This is also something that only gets worse over time rather than better, so it’s best to have your brakes inspected right away because you likely have a stuck caliper.

4. Brake Pedal Is Soft or Spongy

You know how your brakes feel, including how the pedal normally feels. If you press down on the pedal and it feels soft under your foot, it feels spongy, or it sinks to the floorboard quickly, that’s a big problem. The big concern with this symptom is that there’s something going on with your brake fluid, such as a leak or air in the brake lines. It could also be a problem with the master cylinder.

5. Squealing or Grinding Sounds When Braking

Squealing, squeaking, and grinding sounds when you apply the brakes often mean that you’ve worn the brake pads down to the wear indicators. If the sounds are primarily grinding and/or scraping, you don’t have any brake pad surface left and this can create all kinds of problems, including damage to the rotors when the pad backings press against them.

Vielhaber’s Garage in Findlay, OH, can help you with all of your brake repair and service needs. Call us and we can set up an appointment to make sure your brakes are in perfect condition.

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