6 Warning Signs That Your Brakes Are Going Bad

It isn’t just that we are brake service and repair experts; it’s that we care. True Automotive cannot stress enough how crucial it is to ensure your automobile’s brakes always operate at their best. We don’t want you to imagine the consequences if they fail. We can prevent brake failure with scheduled maintenance. In the meantime, pay attention to the six warning signs below. They signal imminent brake trouble.

1. Illuminated Brake Warning Light

Your dashboard brake warning light should come on for a few seconds when you first start your car or truck, but if it remains illuminated, there’s a problem. Don’t ignore the warning. If your brake warning light stays on or comes on at any point during operation, bring your vehicle in for an inspection.

2. Unusual Noises

You know this one but it bears repeating. Any kind of noise when you depress your brake pedal screams there’s a problem. Your brakes should never grind, squeak or squeal. If they do, the pads are worn. Since they play a critical role in stopping your vehicle, you want to make sure they are always 100 percent.

3. Vibration

Your vehicle should never vibrate or wobble when you step on your brake pedal. If it does, your rotors are uneven. You might only notice the unusual movement in your steering wheel or your entire vehicle might shake. Either way, this is your car or truck signaling you that the brakes need some TLC.

4. Brake Fluid Leak

Motor oil is brown (or black if it’s burnt or dirty). Transmission fluid is usually pink or red. If you notice a copper or light gold fluid on your garage floor, you might have a master cylinder leak. Don’t wait one second to have this checked; your brakes will fail without the proper fluid pressure.

5. Soft Brake Pedal

One sign that you do have a master cylinder leak even if you don’t notice fluid on your garage floor is a soft or “spongy” brake pedal. Your brake pedal should offer the same resistance every time you press down on it. If it gets softer or feels spongy, get your brake system checked right away.

6. Vehicle Pulls When Braking

Finally, if your vehicle pulls to the right or left while driving, you have an alignment issue. If it pulls to the right or left while braking, you have a caliper or brake hose problem. For example, if one caliper uses more pressure than the other one does, your car or truck will pull to that side.

On average, your tires should be rotated every six months. What does that have to do with your brakes? That’s the perfect time to have True Automotive inspect and service them, too. We are serious when it comes to your safety, so call us today at 770-214-4688 to schedule an appointment for a brake inspection at our Marietta, GA, shop.

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