How to Detect Issues With Your Brakes

05 January 2017 / Lindleys Autocentres

For obvious reasons, it is vital that you keep your car’s brakes in good working order. As soon as you identify a problem or have a concern with your vehicle’s brakes, be sure to book in to Lindley’s Autocentres for a brake check or brake repair.

If you’re not sure how to identify problems with your brakes, here are a few things to look out for. If you experience any of these, it’s time to book in for a brake check.

A squealing noise when applying the brakes.

This could be caused by problems with the brake hardware, including the lining and callipers. If you’re consistently hearing a squealing noise when applying the brakes, bring it along to Lindley’s for brake check or brake repair. 

Grinding noise

If you can hear a grinding noise when braking, or if you can feel the grinding in the pedal, you should bring your car in for brake repair immediately. This is a sign that the brake pads are worn and further use can cause expensive damage to the mechanics of the brake system. 

Excessive stopping distance

It sounds obvious but the change can be so gradual that often people don’t notice. It’s a good habit to get into to be be mindful of the stopping distance of your car and be aware of any changes. If your car is traveling further than usual when stopping in traffic, bring it along for a brake check. 

Car drifting to one side when braking

If your car is drifting to one side when applying the brakes, this could be caused by a stuck front caliper or fluid leak. In either case, you should get your brakes checked immediately and have the fault repaired. 

Steering wheel shudders when braking

This is a very noticeable symptom of failing brakes and is most common in cars with disc brakes. If it happens, you need to get your brakes repaired immediately as the discs need to be machined or replaced. 

If you are experiencing problems with your brakes, you should book in for a brake check immediately. The issue won’t go away and will only get worse the longer you put it off. That can lead to a more expensive repair or your brakes failing altogether. If you have any concerns at all with your brakes, contact Lindley’s today for a brake check or brake repair.

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