Signs your brakes need Attention
Soft or Sinking Brake Pedal
A brake Pedal that feels soft under foot or sinks to the floor before engaging can be an indication of worn pads, leaking brake fluid or air in the hydraulic system.
If any of these signs exist with your vehicle, you should call Mobile Tyre & Auto and speak to one of our friendly helpful technicians to book your vehicle in for a brake check and report.
Leaving this for too long could result in brake failure and potentially and accident.
2 Brake Pedal Hard to Push Down
The opposite of a soft or sinking pedal is one that causes the brakes to grab immediately at the slightest touch. This may indicate unevenly worn rotors, old or dirty brake fluid or contamination of the fluid by moisture. This can be easily fixed by calling one of our friendly technicians at Mobile Tyre & Auto. It may just require a quick change of brake fluid and a system check and you could be on your way.
A more serious issue is not being able to pull the car up no matter how hard you press on the brake pedal with both feet. This is obviously dangerous and throwing an anchor out the window will not help. In most instances this means you have a blockage an obstruction or an issue with the vacuum system. Both these issues require immediate attention by one of our experienced team.
If you’ve ever had to execute an emergency stop in a car with ABS (Anti lock Braking System) , then you would have experienced the rapid pulsating of the brake pedal as the computer makes quick grabes at the front rotors in an effort to slow the car down without locking up the wheels resulting in your car skidding out of control. The pulsating pedal should not happen under normal braking application. If it does it normally means the brake rotors are warped giving you that feedback through the brake pedal.
Extreme heat is what normally warps rotors when used under stress such as constant breaking when going downhill. Towing heavy trailers and having to brake constantly. The other reason is having inferior rotors put onto your vehicle. It pays to make sure your mechanic or parts provider supplies parts that meet the manufactures standards and are backed with a minimum 12 months manufactures replacement warranty.
When in doubt please contact your nearest Mobile Tyre & Auto team member and they will assist to get your vehicle safe and back on the road.
3 Is the Car Pulling to One Side
Is your car pulling to one side whilst driving or braking?
There can be a number of reasons for this. Uneven brake pad wear causing one pad applying pressure before the other resulting on the steering, pulling to one side. If the car constantly pulls to one side it could mean a brake calliper is stuck, dragging on the rotor and straining the steering to one side.
If so, this could indicate a problem with the braking system. The cause of this pulling might be a stuck calliper. Because such a scenario would cause friction on one wheel and not the others, your car can pull to the side where the calliper is stuck.
Two other brake-related scenarios that could cause a car to pull would be a collapsed brake hose that would cause your callipers to move unevenly when applying the brakes, or uneven brake pads, which would also apply different amounts of pressure to different wheels.
Pulling, however, doesn’t always indicate a problem with the brakes. The cause could also come from unevenly inflated or worn tyres, poor alignment or a problem with your vehicle’s suspension. This is why, if your car begins to pull, you need to contact your nearest Mobile Tyre & Auto team member to book an inspection.
4. Are your Brakes Screaming at You
What is that high pitch squeal when applying the brakes? This occurs when your brake pads have worn low, literally screaming at you to be changed.
If you choose to ignore your brake pads screaming at you the screams turn into grinding sounds which is a real problem. The grinding sound means the material on the brake pads used to grip the rotors is gone and all that remains is metal on metal. When the metal to metal occurs, the worn-out pads start to scar the rotors. The longer this goes on, the less affective your brakes will become. Your rotors being damaged will require machining or most likely replacing.
None of this would be necessary if you keep to your servicing intervals and listen to your vehicle if it starts making sounds like squealing when it shouldn’t.
5 Listen to your Car
Disc Brakes are fitted to most vehicles and are very important and effective at their job which is stopping the car when you need it to.
Like the human body, if there are sounds that aren’t right or you are getting signs that something is not working correctly you need to take steps to have issues treated or fixed.
In the case of your vehicle, Mobile Tyre & Auto Team can remind you of service interval times and treat your vehicle with the attention and care to provide you hassle free motoring all conducted at a time and place convenient to you.