There is nothing scarier than driving in your car, attempting to brake, and having nothing happen. Even if it just takes a small fraction of a second before your brakes engage, chances are your heart was in your throat. It can be very easy to take our cars for granted, especially the components that keep us safe, such as the brakes. We may press on that pedal a thousand times without an issue and without really even thinking about it. But if, on that 1,001st time, you step on it and something is not right, it can be very scary. The moment you notice a problem, it is essential that you bring your car in to get it looked at. Chances are, you may only need a small brake repair. But if you wait, the issue will only continue to get worse. This could mean a couple of different things. First, that minor – and inexpensive – brake repair could end up turning into something much more severe, which almost certainly would cost you more money. The other outcome is that by the time you bring your car in for a brake repair, it will too late and you will need a complete brake replacement. Neither option sounds very good, does it?
Signs that a Brake Repair is Required
If your brakes are not responding, that is obviously a big warning sign that you need a brake repair. Here are some others to be on the lookout for:
While you of course, want your brakes to work quickly, if they grab at even the slightest touch to the pedal, this is also an indication that something is not quite right and a brake repair is necessary.
Are your brakes making a grinding or squealing sound? If so, they may have to be adjusted or replaced entirely. Grinding in particular could be a serious problem.
If you notice your car pulling to one side or the other when you step on the brakes, it could mean a couple of different things, such as a fluid leak or that they are maladjusted, which would require a brake repair.
A shaking steering wheel, brake pedal, or the entire car may be related to the rotors. If they are warped, they would need to be replaced.
If you get a warning light on your dashboard related to your brakes, it probably means you are low on brake fluid. Because brake fluid does not get used up, odds are that there is a leak somewhere.
Have you noticed any of these things with your car? To avoid putting yourself and any of your passengers in danger, get in touch with Xpress Lube. When you bring your car in, our experts will examine your brakes thoroughly to identify the problem. You will then get a quality brake repair in a timely manner. With Xpress Lube, your safety is our biggest priority.