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Why Does My Car Vibrate When I Apply the Brakes?

If your car, truck, or utility vehicle is vibrating or shaking when you apply the brakes, there may be a small speck of road debris stuck in one of the calipers. Vibration is also a sign that the rotor surfaces are warped and need to be recut. Vielhaber’s Garage would be happy to inspect your brake system if your car is vibrating or you are experiencing any of the problems listed below.

Brake Fluid Leaks

Leaking brake fluid is a dangerous sign because your vehicle needs brake fluid to slow down and stop. Brake fluid tends to drip around the wheels out of the brake hoses. This being said, the master cylinder can also leak brake fluid. This leak will be more toward the center of your car.

Brake Warning Light

If the brake system is having a problem, you may receive a dashboard warning light. For example, if the Low Pad Indicator light comes on, you need to replace your brake pads. If the ABS light comes on, the anti-lock brake system is malfunctioning.

Hot Brake Odors

If you smell hot odors when you apply the brakes, it’s possible that your brake system is overheating. As with low brake fluid, it is difficult to slow down and stop your automobile when the system is too hot. Pull over and call for a tow to our shop.

Pulling to the Side

As we mentioned in the introduction of this blog, vibration could be a problem with debris and the calipers. The calipers can also make your vehicle pull to the side when you apply the brakes if they are stuck. This can make controlling your automobile difficult.

Soft Brake Pedal

Changes in the brake pedal’s resistance also signal a problem with your brakes. Generally, the brake pedal will get soft and sink all the way to the floor. This can point to a problem with the master cylinder or air bubbles in the brake lines.

Strange Brake Noises

Finally, you should not hear noises when you apply the brakes. If your brake pad surfaces have worn out, you may hear scraping or grinding. If your brake system is overheating, you may hear squealing. You may also hear squealing if the brake pad surfaces have worn down to 1/4-of-an-inch.

Again, Vielhaber’s Garage in Findlay, OH, would be happy to inspect your brake system if you are having problems with it. Call us today so we can set a convenient appointment for you.